Toivo, Child of Hope, 1989

1989, 30 minutes.

Andimba Toivo-ya-Toivo was one of the first Namibians to organize against apartheid South Africa’s occupation of his country.

He was arrested, in 1963, tortured and spent nearly 20 years on Robben Island, in the company of Nelson Mandela and other South African freedom fighters.

With my friend Magnus Isacsson as Director, I went to Namibia as Toivo returned home after all these years, and Namibia is on the cusp of independence, after a long and bloody liberation war. It’s a tense, explosive place, and emotions run high all around.

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