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Charles BurnettA Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge$
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James Naremore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285521

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285521.001.0001

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Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007)

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007)

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(p.189) Twelve Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007)
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Charles Burnett
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James Naremore

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285521.003.0012

In 2007, the government of Namibia commissioned Burnett to write and direct a wide-screen epic film about the history of their war for independence against South Africa. They hoped to use the film as the foundation for a national film industry. Against great complications involving a nation of many languages and a large cast of inexperienced actors, Burnett gave them a film of which they could be proud. Unfortunately, the film had few commercial possibilities in America and has rarely been shown here. Beautifully shot in color, it concisely tells the story of the long, bloody war of liberation and its many political tensions. It is based, in part, on the autobiography of Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first president.

Keywords:   Namibian history, South Africa, apartheid, Sam Nujoma, SWAPO, United Nations, battle tactics, politics, revolution

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