FREEDOM ROAD

By Shane VERMOOTEN

MEDIA VILLAGE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Social issues - Completed 2013

When political amnesty is not enough to silence the past; only forgiveness brings freedom

Festivals
& Awards

168 Film Festival 2013
Best International Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Design, Best Actress
Pan African Film and Arts Festival 2013
Best International Short Narrative
Montreal International Black Film Festival 2013
Best International Short Narrative
Black Harvest Film Festival - Chicago 2013
Best International Short Film
    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Social issues, True Story, Drama
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 10 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Shane VERMOOTEN
    • Writer(s)
    • Diane VERMOOTEN, Bianca SCHMITZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Diane VERMOOTEN (MEDIA VILLAGE PRODUCTIONS), Bianca SCHMITZ
    • Synopsis
    • Freedom Road is a story set in 1996 against the backdrop of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The film follows the road to freedom taken by Mrs Dhlamini (Sylvia Ncediwe Mdunyelwa Kobus) whose husband was tortured and murdered by an apartheid era police officer, Mr Swanepoel (Matthew Dylan Roberts). Like many South Africans, Mrs Dhlamini and her son Viwe (Anele Matoti) have lived a life devoid of answers regarding the disappearance of their father and husband. When a letter of invitation arrives to attend a TRC hearing, both mother and son are faced with the question: Will the truth finally bring us freedom? Viwe is young and angry like many in his generation and he refuses to attend the TRC hearing. Burdened by the pains of the past and a desire to discover the truth, Mrs Dhlamini slowly walks the lonely Freedom Road.
      At the TRC Mrs Dhlamini comes face-to-face with her husband's murderer and discovers the truth behind his death. Mr Swanepoel requests political amnesty but soon discovers that it is not enough to atone for his crime, nor eradicate the horrific memories of the past.
      In an attempt to settle his debt, Mr Swanepoel discovers that freedom and forgiveness cannot be bought; they can only be given and received.
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