A thriller centered on the Free Mandela movement, Silverton Headquarters was acquired by Netflix. Based on true events, the South African film depicts the clash between young freedom fighters and the police that helped spark the movement. The siege proved to be one of many pivotal moments in the country’s rich history as it struggled to overthrow its oppressive apartheid regime.
Variety reports that Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to the film. Inspired by the siege of Silverton, Pretoria, the film’s director Mandla Dube considers it his “strongest work to date”. The filmmaker said:
“The hope is that African filmmakers have more opportunities to decolonize the narrative of who we are. I also hope that young people today can be inspired by the Silverton Siege trio and know that they have the power to change the status quo. , and above all that their stories matter.
Set in 1980, the action thriller follows three members of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), an armed wing of the African National Congress, who planned to sabotage gas depots at Watloo near Mamelodi. When police got wind of the trio’s actions, they were led on a high-speed chase, eventually trapping the fighters in a bank in Silverton. The three MK executives barricaded themselves inside, taking customers hostage and issuing a series of demands, including the release of political prisoner and future South African President Nelson Mandela.
Silverton Headquarters features Thabo Rametsi, Noxolo Dlamini and Stefan Erasmus in the MK trio. The film is directed by South African filmmaker Mandla Dube, who also directed episodes of the Netflix drama series Jiva! and the 2016 biopic Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu on the ANC freedom fighter. Silverton Headquarters is scheduled for release on April 27 to coincide with the South African public holiday Freedom Day, which commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on this day in 1994.
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