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Freedom, A Story About South African Youth

Popular actor Jafta Mamabolo has recently launched his movie Freedom, a production he collaborated with director Ralph Ziman which is now available on Dstv Box Office.

Freedom follows the journey of a disillusioned and desperate university student clinging to an impossible existence in inner-city Johannesburg. The main character Freedom, burdened by the weight of expectation and pretense, pawns his coveted textbooks to an amoral loan-shark meanwhile he also has to find money to write his exams whilst taking care of his family. A change of mind finds him burdened with guilt and conflict, so he is forced to turn to an old friend and learns that Johannesburg is a city that does not let you go easily, life is a vicious cycle, and despite his noble efforts, his fate is destined to a tragic ending.

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Mamabolo says his aim in creating the film was to shed some light on post-Apartheid South Africa. Freedom is inspired by Dostoyevsky’s crime and punishment which was conceptualized in 2014 with the screenplay written over four months by Mamabolo. The story was captured in Johannesburg’s streets of Yeoville, Hillbrow and Newtown over a period of six weeks in 2017, with post-production taking place in Los Angeles.

“The film probes the meaning of freedom in the new South Africa. Are we truly a free nation if South Africa’s masses still don’t have full access to their human rights as enshrined in our world-class constitution? I don’t deign to have those answers, but I believe that the conversation must be had nonetheless.” said Mamabolo.

The film features the late Marry Twala, Mandla Gaduka, Kenneth Nkosi, Samkelo Ndlovu and newcomer Nicole Mathope.

Freedom is currently available for rental exclusively on DStv Box-Office until Sunday, 5 September 2021.

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