“Silverton Siege” … robbery and violence to secure Mandela’s release | Taher Alwan

The pages of the black war against the apartheid regime in South Africa still carry with them many stories and tragedies, as well as facts that stand out from the fact that its witnesses are still alive, as well as the presence of more of those witnesses and participants in it. conflict that deserve to be recognized and their testimonies and roles heard.

It seems that from this point of view, the film “Silverton Siege” was produced by Mandela Diop, which tells chapters from the history of apartheid, as the events take place in the early eighties and during the implementation of a plan by a resistance cell in South Africa for target vital centers of apartheid regime, including apartheid regime centers, fuel and energy.

But that operation fails because there is a betrayal that leads to cell penetration and its relentless pursuit through the streets of Silverton. Those who resist end up inadvertently entering the city’s main bank and then being forced to hold bank customers, employees and guards hostage, and the whole story turns into a kind of terrorist act that requires the intervention of the authorities with all their means.

The film strikes an objective balance between elements of violence, movement and growing conflict, and social history with characters suffering from racism.

The main point here is the main role of the group leader, Calvin (actor Thabora Mitsi), who tries to avoid harming civilians, supported by his girlfriend Tera (actress Noxo Ludlamini). The traitor is what everyone finds a difficult process, even though there was the traitor among them.

On the other hand, Officer Longerman (actor Arnold Voslo) and his colleague take on the task of negotiating with Calvin and his group, trying to rescue the hostages, but the issue develops when Calvin demands the release of the great South African leader Nelson Mandela. in a special apology from the prime minister, and this request turns into a real shock as he is one of the powers of the head of government, whom Calvin will ask for and will not give up.

The relationship between Calvin and Longerman seems to be a short cut to the human and existential affliction that plagues everyone. film events.

Here the ugliness of the incompatible social structure between whites and blacks will be embodied, as blacks continue to loudly express their suffering and feelings of humiliation and contempt for them, leading to the murder or extermination of all their families, which Calvin confesses since his childhood. memories, which will push him to join the resistance.

There is another narrative line represented to sympathizers in the midst of this humanitarian crisis with blacks in their predicament, which will be embodied in the hostages held inside the bank, as they are nothing but a miniature South African society. that carries with it all. the negatives and tragedies of racial oppression, and you discover that this pollution has affected everyone which will materialize in the eyes of the other – whites – blacks, because they are nothing but a group of thieves and bad people who do not stumble . .

Negatives and tragedies of racial oppression
Negatives and tragedies of racial oppression

This problem soon materializes through two other characters, namely Rachel (actress Michelle Mostalakai), who is the product of a mixed marriage and her features look confusing, but she uses the whiteness of the skin in exchange for African facial features on purpose to represent the role of the white girl, while she carries within herself the tragedies of blacks.What will materialize next.

The other girl is Christine (actress Elanedecker), the bank manager, who is a white girl and does not want to show that she is the daughter of the Minister of Justice, so she asks the police to release her in exchange for water and food. for the detainees, but she refuses to come out and decides to stay and share the plight of others.

These two dramatic lines created a suitable ground for understanding the boundaries of the complex social and psychological problem, which turned into a social dilemma that led to that bloody conflict and to the fierce and ruthless revenge between the two parties. Suffering from the reality of conflict and revenge. .

All this will be reinforced by the appearance of the general, the police officer, who will come with sniper regiments and police dogs, making the confrontation an inevitable reality between the two parties. Justice is the first victim after joining the request for release of Nelson Mandela, but her sentence was swiftly shooting her to death.

Of course, the events of the film take the form of an adventure on the surface, but in reality it is only a foundation for the popular movement that escalated after those facts and demanded the release of Mandela, which was achieved ten years after the siege. of Silverton, and so the film met those people who defended their cause and exposed a chapter of Apartheid chapters.

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