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Namibia – Africa’s last colony

Controversial documentary on Namibia, which was made in 1984 but released only in 2015, about the colonialism of Namibia by South Africa for more than 60 years until its independence in 1990.

This is a typical case study of what colonialism does to the people of the country who are colonized. Thousands and thousands of men, women and children are killed, people are arrested for no crimes, beaten and kept in jail for days and years on end.

There was widespread apartheid which South Africa practiced rampantly in Namibia, pumping money into white settlements but ignoring the black people. Everything collapsed in Namibia under the South African rule with health and education being the most severely affected.

It was very painful watching this documentary which was made stealthily by the people at the great risk to their lives. The hundreds and hundred who were tortured, maimed and killed by the colonialists bears a great tragedy to the human rights.

Namibia became free of the German occupation, which itself had killed thousands of Namibians but life became no better under the decades of oppressive South African regime. This is a brutal documentary which needs to be seen by a lot of people who tender to fascist mentality. Human rights is more important than anything else. Only human beings are capable of committing so much atrocities on other human beings.

You can watch this documentary here

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Branded a Rebel

Brilliant documentary on the rebel cricket tours of early 80s when South Africa was still in apartheid. Some of the best cricketers of that time joined the rebel tours. Many south african world class players like Graeme Pollock and Clive Rice lost out due to isolation of South Africa from the world cricket. This documentary focuses on the West Indian cricketers who went there. Some of the best West Indian cricketers of that time – players like Lawrence Rowe, Collis King, David Murray, Franklyn Stephenson, Colin Croft all went to play there, they were banned for life, which led to a lot of them losing out, social isolation, depression, loss of jobs, loss of family life etc. It became a difficult situation for most of them. Collis King and Lawrence Rowe were outstanding cricketers for West Indies of that time. I remember listening to the BBC radio commentary of the 1979 world cup cricket England vs West Indies, Viv Richards and Collis King massacred the English bowling in a scintillating fashion. But there is one view of journalist Al Gilkes of that time, that this tour by black cricketers from West Indies to play cricket in South Africa and them being mobbed and admired by thousands of young white South Africans eventually led to the destruction of apartheid ten years later.

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