Cry Freedom Synopsis

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Tong Gui Shuen
S4 Science 1
They said Steve Biko was a man of violence; then why did he talk of peace? They said he wanted revolution; so why did he talk of friendship? They said he died of hunger; why was his body broken and bruised? This is the story of a man's fight with the government of South Africa. It is the story of all people who prefer truth to lies. It is the story of all people who cry 'Freedom', and who are not afraid to die.....

Chapter 1- The Beginning
* Donald Woods, editor of Daily Dispatch decided to print out pictures of police beating up BLACKS (Africans) which was not allowed, as the main story of the newspaper. Woods was still prejudice towards the blacks. * Dr Mamphela Ramphes had a arguments with Woods about Woods’ editorial on Biko, saying “BANTU STEPHEN BIKO- THE UGLY THREAT OF BLACK RACISM” * Dr Ramphes said Woods should meet Biko himself because Woods had a wrong understanding about Biko * Stephen Biko was banned by the government to step away from his house Chapter 2- The Beginning

* Woods went to see Biko at King Williams Town. It’s a trip that changes both men’s’ life forever * After going through couple of doors, He finally met Steve Biko, and it seems that Biko is expecting him. * Woods and Biko had a friendly talk.

* Woods is amazed of what Biko is actually. It’s totally different from the one on the newspaper. Chapter 3- Education of Liberal
* Biko brought Woods to a clinic he started specially for the blacks. * Woods was amazed of the clinic for it helped many blacks. * Biko suggested bringing Woods to the black township. Woods agreed.

Chapter 4- Education of Liberal
* Biko went on a taxi that drove him to the black township alongside Woods, who suffer squeezing in a taxi of 9 men. Woods was amazed because he never thought that a taxi can fit 9 persons * Biko and Woods witnessed scenes of black’s life in the township, despair and hopeless black community. Woods felt bad for the blacks… Chapter 5- Education of Liberal

* Biko brought Woods to have dinner in a black family, showing more about the black’s life to Woods. * They discussed about their thoughts, resulting in Woods being more convinced about the fact that the whites had treated the black BADLY, UNFAIRLY and SELFISHLY. Chapter 6- Confrontation

* Six weeks later, Woods brought Tenjy and Mapetla to the office of the Daily Dispatch. Everyone was shock because it’s the first time black are working at Daily Dispatch. * Mapetla brought Woods and reporter Ken to a football stadium where Steve Biko made a wonderful speech, which is illegal. During the speech, Biko was hidden. Only his voice were heard. Chapter 7- Confrontation

* Biko was brought to the police station because an informer, a black who told the police about Biko making a speech maybe for a job or his son or daughter’s work permit. * Later, Biko was charged. During the trial, Biko defended himself intelligently. What had begun as an attack on Black Consciousness had become a platform for Biko’s view, for the power and sincerity of his words. * The next day, all South African newspapers printed news of the trial. Woods printed Biko’s words in full. Chapter 8- Confrontation

* The old church of King William’s Town was attacked by three men. The guard witnesses the process of the three men smashing everything in the church, typewriters, windows, furniture and the children’s toys. * The guard was even shock when he discovered that polices, who should be protecting them, actually were the culprit of the attack of the church. The police was Captain De Wet who previously hit Biko. * Biko brought Woods and his wife, Wendy to the scene of crime. With the suggestion from Wendy, Woods decided to meet the Minister of Police, Kruger. * Kruger had a friendly talk with Woods and promised he will make an investigation about the case. Chapter 9- Confrontation

* The...
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