Wednesday, September 20, 2006
"Catch a Fire" is a powerful new film based on a true story of real life hero Patrick Chamusso. Patrick was a young well-liked oil refinery worker back in the 80s in South Africa. He was not political against the repressive government, until he and his wife were arrested and tortured accused of being terrorists from the African National Congress (ANC).
Led by a South Africa agent, played by Tim Robbins, the polices fight hard on "anti-terrorists" against ANC. It's quite interesting to see how their effort and action actually creates more ANC members like Patrick.
Isn't Iraq war creating more enemies of the US than before the war? It's a quite irony to compare the events in this film and in the world we are living in now.
In the name of fighting terrorists, the South Africa government at that time had the power to hold people suspected of political crimes indefinitely without access to a lawyer or family, while they were brutally tortured.
Does that sound familiar? No? Ask the president.
If we learned from history, this world would be a much better place.
My rating: 8 out of 10.