Director: Richard Attenborough
Writer: John Briley
Based on: the autobiographical books by Donald Woods
Cast: Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Penelope Wilton, Kevin McNally, John Thaw, Josette Simon, John Matshikiza, Timothy West, John Hargreaves, Zakes Mokae
Seen on: 10.4.2017
Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) is a journalist in South Africa. He’s part of the white establishment, but despite his own critical views of the black population’s struggles for equality and freedom, he is professional enough to listen what they have to say. When he meets Steve Biko (Denzel Washington) in person, he is finally convinced of the worthiness of their cause. After Biko is killed in police custody, Woods writes a book about him that brings a lot of trouble to himself and his family.
Cry Freedom is a film about an important and fascinating issue with a great cast that, unfortunately, chose the wrong perspective to tell its story. It could have been so much more if it had actually been about Biko and his activism, and not Biko’s effect on a white man.