Action Comandante


African Pictures | 2016 | 90 minutes

Stranger Says:

Ashley Kriel is to South Africa what Fred Hampton is to the United States. Both died young (Kriel, 20; Hampton, 21), both were killed by law enforcers, both developed a mature political consciousness at a preternaturally early age. Action Comandante employs a vivid mix of interviews and old and new footage to capture the very brief time Kriel spent in life (between 1966 and 1987). He was politically active for almost seven of those years. His sense of the injustice of the apartheid system was so unusually intense, he left a strong impression on the people he met and worked with. This kind of intensity is needed for the youth of our day to challenge climate change. You must protest and arrest the market-driven system that’s destroying the world which contains your entire future. Amandla! Awethu! (CHARLES MUDEDE)

SIFF Says:

The sister of South African anti-apartheid freedom fighter Ashley Kriel, who was shot and killed by police at age 20, reflects on how he became a symbol of youth resistance in the 1980s.

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Film Credits
Nadine Angel Cloete
SIFF 2016