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FILM REVIEW: At the end of ‘Silverton Siege’ everyone will be stunned

FILM REVIEW ‘Silverton Siege’: The history of South Africa can bring about a radical change in the ideology of any ordinary person. Some incidents are so sad, sad and shocking that we will never feel like trusting the human race while searching about them. South Africa should be called a country full of natural resources. Long ago a systematic and planned program of looting this area for commercial gain was started. The local residents there could not resist this loot, so the most disgusting disease like apartheid was imposed on them. There was a time when there was not a single black person from the government to the sports teams.

Those who were talented also had to go through difficult paths of poverty and inequality and even then they could not reach their destination. Nelson Mandela, who opposed it and was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, was imprisoned for nearly 27 years from 1963 to 1990. The film “Silverton Siege”, recently released on Netflix, is based on a true incident that happened in 1980, which in each of its scenes shows every kind of difference between blacks and whites in a very sad way and gives such a message. In which all of us are asked to consider human beings as human beings, stop dividing them on the basis of colour-caste-religion or any other basis. The film is amazing.

The “MK”, ​​the armed wing of Nelson Mandela’s party, the African National Congress, aimed to create so much anarchy through armed programs in apartheid and colonialist South Africa that the country was no longer able to rule, and gradually the indigenous peoples. to get the power of the country. These armed programs sometimes included programs like destroying power plants and sometimes robbing banks. In 1980, MK cops Calvin Khumalo (Thabo Rametsi), Terra (Noxolo Dlamini) and Aldo (Stefan Eramus) along with some of their comrades go on a mission to destroy an oil refining unit, but because of a comrade’s fraud. Their plan goes awry and the police go after them.

A shootout ensues, people on both sides are killed but Khumalo, Tera and Aldo run away and enter a bank and take all the people present there hostage. When Khumalo fears that he will not be able to escape, he cleverly manages to turn this hostess situation into a movement to “release Nelson Mandela from prison”. Media clamor and police officer Johann Langermann’s (Arnold Voslau) insistence on settling the case without any bloodshed cause many obstacles, but in the end an army unit breaks into the bank with guns.

The film is based on the incident of 1980. Director Mandla Dubey and production designer Chantelle Carter have added credibility to each and every scene of the film. Not only the clothes of that era, but the bank’s designs, cars and guns of that era have been incorporated in the film to bring the time alive. Incidents with hostages have been seen many times. Contact by phone, bringing food for the hostages, a failed attempt to escape by helicopter, a treacherous partner and then preparing to be martyred by tying the shroud; There are several scenes that weaken the film a bit, yet it was heartening to see Khumalo’s attempt to turn a hostess situation into a nationwide movement succeed. Especially when this movement was for the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

The acting is top notch for all. A couple of scenes seem a bit fake. Like the minister’s daughter being a bank employee and when her release is accepted, she refuses to be released and instead raises slogans to release Nelson Modella. It also seems fake to have an American black boxing promoter inside the bank and immediately show sympathy to blacks. The plan to take hostage in the bank was not to get Nelson Mandela released anywhere, just seeing the demand of time, it seems wonderful to use the opportunity of Khumalo.

Music by Rashid Lenny is good. Songs of artists of that time period have been included in the film which lend credibility to the film and give a little interesting twist to the script. Sean Harley Lee’s cinematography is decent, although the shots don’t show any innovation, and so is the editing by editor Richard Starke. They have succeeded in keeping the film tight, but due to the synchronizing of the events, there was no uniqueness. This is writer Sabello Magidi’s first film and it is important to mention that the script is based only on the original story and not a docu-drama. The movie is funny. Barring a few typical scenes, the film will look good.

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