Catch A Fire Film captures violent apartheid years in South Africa

I watched the film entitled Catch a Fire starring Tim Robbins and Derek Luke recently.  Having lived in South Africa during the years of apartheid, I could appreciate how authentic the film was, with dramatic scenery as the background.

It was based on the true story of a black South African who fought for freedom for his fellow countrymen.  Like Nelson Mandela, he spent many years on Robben Island, Cape Town before being released.

Prior to that he had been captured by the Afrikaaner police and was unmercifully tortured, as were many of his fellow countrymen.  Despite his hatred for the one man who persevered in tracking him down, considering him to be a terrorist, and who was responsible for his torture, he buried his hatred, remarried and opened an orphanage for deprived South African children. 

A hard hitting film produced in 2006 with excellent actors – to name some of them –  Bonnie Henna, Mncedisi Shabangu, Tumisho K Masha, Sithembiso Khumalo, Tery Pheto, Michele Burgers.

My novel entitled Tears of Shame portrays some of the tragedies played out during the apartheid years in South Africa and will shortly be available on Kindle.

Eugenie C Smith

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