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FILM ANALYSIS OF CRY FREEDOM BY TASHA Cry Freedom is a biography featuring political drama and docudrama It is based on a book Asking for Trouble Biko written by Donald Woods The movie was set in South Africa and was release November 6 1987 by Universal Pictures This drama has a running time of 157 minutes and was given a PG rating by MPAA The director Richard Attenborough also known for Ghandi directed this socially conscious dramatic story which is based on actual events Cry Freedom is about two men Stephen Biko Black South African Activist played by Denzel Washington and Donald Woods White Liberal Journalist in South Africa played by Kevin Kline Donald Woods is the chief editor at the liberal newspaper Daily Dispatch in South Africa Donald Woods writes articles that deal with prejudice and injustice He writes many editorials criticizing many of the views of Stephen Biko because he feels that he adds to blacks hating whites Woods does not believe in prejudice whether it is white against black or black against white After a black South African Doctor confronts Woods about his article on Stephen Biko he decides to visit him The first meeting between Donald Woods and Steven Biko marks the beginning of a their friendship Donal Woods begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko He finds that Biko is courageous outspoken and well respected by South Africans Woods and his family begin to get to know Biko and they begin to form a strong bond with one another Biko is then murdered while in government custody Bikos family demands an investigation which finds the government was not at fault for his death Donald Woods becomes outraged at the findings and determines the death of Biko would be known to the world Donald Woods begins to see his life take a turn The life he saw Bikos live becomes the life he now must live Donald Woods
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