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Action Kommandant director inspires CFMS students

8 Apr 2017 - 10:00

On Friday 31st March, we were privileged to screen Nadine Cloete’s often harrowing, always riveting, and deeply moving documentary on murdered freedom fighter Ashley Kriel. Nadine, an alumna of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, was present to engage with the audience. She gave us a fascinating insight into her motives for making the film, her artistic choices and the focus and perseverance needed to bring her vision to fruition.

The film takes us on a tumultuous journey through the short but potent and influential life of Ashley who was killed when he was only 20 years old. Very effective animation is used to dramatise the turning points and chilling actions of the past. En route, too, we meet the family, the friends and the comrades who hold Ashley’s memory dear and whose stories of his and their lives during the struggle for a democratic country remind us of how hard-won that democracy is and also how fragile.