A chief character in the movie ‘Cry Freedom’ directed and produced by Richard Attenborough was Donald Woods. Donald Woods is a 41-year-old white Afrikaan editor. He is married with 5 kids. 2 misss and 3 male childs. They all live together in a immense sign of the zodiac with a pool in the pace. They besides have an African amah named Evelyn. He has graying hair. spectacless and a cheerful personality. He besides considered himself a white progressive.
At the beginning Donald Woods was unsighted and nescient to what Stephen Biko. black political leader. was approximately. He thought he was “some ballyhoo artist forcing black prejudice” . When a clip came and he had to compose an article for his newspaper. he merely assumed what Steve would state. He didn’t cognize or understand Steve so as a consequence. all his premises were incorrect. A black physician and friend to Steve Biko. Ms Rampele. confronted Forests about this. She told him that if he is the honest editor he claims to be. he should run into and acquire to cognize Steve and his cause before distributing barbarous rumors in his newspaper. This led Donald Woods to go close friends with Steve Biko and a well-thought-of adult male among Black Consciousness members.
Donald Woods learnt a batch from Steve Biko. Not merely about Black Conscious and the rights that had been stolen from the black indigens of South Africa. but about life peacefully. During one of the first illegal excursions Steve took Donald on. Steve told Donald in a blithe tome that someday the tabular arraies would be turned and that one twenty-four hours inkinesss will keep authorities over that Taals but they would make it otherwise. They would accept the Afrikaans and forgive them for their yesteryear.
Donald realised how defective the Afrikaan authorities was after sing with Captain Kruger. He went to see him to inquire him to screen out his constabulary force. particularly Captain de Wet. Steve and Kruger had a lovely confab and had whisky in the garden
It was touching how Donald could disregard all he was taught and shown while he was turning up.
After Steve died after being given ‘the democratic right to hunger himself’ in a gaol cell. Donald amazed me by put on the lining his ain life for a cause that would set white power in South Africa in hazard. During this. it besides showed how recognized among the indigens he had become. They respected that he had taken a base for what’s right. That he could travel against the Afrikaans Government because he believed in Black Consciousness so strongly.
For a piece. at the beginning of the movie. Donald Woods seemed like a rich. disrespectful white Afrikaan. Once he realised the unfairness being done to the black Africans he changed. He tried to allow the universe know what was go oning. The movie portrayed Donald Woods as one of the lone Afrikaans who cared plenty to take a base against what was go oning to the Black South Africans