Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (Namibia, USA)

Directed by Charles Burnett

2007, 161 min.

In Oshi Ovambo, Oshi Herero, Damara/nama, Afrikaans, German, Russian, Chinese, and English with English subtitles

We are honored to have Charles Burnett, Carl Lumbly, and Edwin Santiago at the 19th festival to present their epic film, Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation. Based on the autobiography of Sam Nujoma, Namibia's first president and former leader of SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization), the film depicts the long struggle waged by the people of Namibia for their independence that was ultimately won with the help of Cuban military volunteers fighting in Angola. The 1987 battle of Cuito Cuanavale, in which the South African army was decisively defeated, turned the tide in the liberation struggle for all of Southern Africa. Starring Carl Lumbly, Danny Glover, Joel Haikali, and Obed Emvula.

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