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Literary Card: Cry Freedom

John Briley


Book: Cry Freedom

Editor: Tricia Hedge

Editorial: Oxford Bookworms 6

Author: John Richard Briley


He was born the 25th of June of 1925 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is an American journalist and writer. He worked in England for the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s.John is best known for writing the screenplay for "Gandhi", the 1982 epic which earned him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. In 1955 was sent to England for five years as director of orientation at a base there that he took up writing full-time. He write movies and two novels. The most important movie he made was Gandhi in 1982. At present he lives in Spain.



Bantu Stephen Biko: He was a black political leader who wanted to bring together the black and white people of South Africa. He is married with Ntsiki and has two children. He is a banned person which means that he can only be in his banning area and he is able to speak only with one person except his family. He is a dramatic (seen in action when avoiding the law), round (now everything whathe do), static (live and died witn the same idea of black and whithe people) and he was the protagonist (change Donald´s mind to help him fightinf for black freedom) character.

Donald Woods: He was married with Wendy and has five children. Woods was forty-two years old. He weared glasses. He was the editor of the Daily Dispatch in South Africa. He was then named Father David Curren. He is adramatic (seen in action when escaping), round (now everything), developing (first he thought in no black concious and then he decided helping Biko -a black man) and he is the protagonist (hero of the story when he is escaping) character.


Ken Robertson: He was one of the journalists on the Daily Dispatch, he was the photographer.

Mamphela Ramphele: She was a black girl of 20 yearsold that worked in the newspaper (Daily Dispatch)

Ntsiki: Biko´s wife

Nkosinathi: Biko´s son.

Security policeman: Biko´s minders.

Duncan: Donald´s son

Dillon: Donald´s son

Gavin: Donald´s son

Mary: Donald´s daughter

Charlie: Donald´s dog.

Wendy: Donald´s wife

Jane: Donald´s daughter

Evalina: Donald´s black servant

Mapetla Mohapi: He was the man who took Donaldto the football match.

Dyani: He was the man who gave the dirty hat to Donald in the car going to the football match.

John Qumza:He is the man who was driving to the football match.

Tenjy Mtintso: She was a tiny young girl who works as a nurse at the clinic in Zanempilo.

Tenjy´s father:

Tenjy´s mother

Tenjy´s son

Tenjy´s aunt

Tenjy´s uncle

Three children

Four cousinsMzimbi: He was a blck leader who was wanted by the security police because he openly called for violent revolution.

Captain de Wet: Police that showed Biko the witness box in his office.

Judge Regter: Man who tested Biko´s intelligence in Pretoria.

State Prosecutor: Man tested Biko´s intelligence in Pretoria.

Nelson Mandela: True for Biko.

Robert Sobukwe: True for Biko.

GovanMbeki: True for Biko.

Dilima: He was the elderly man who was the night guard on the old church in King William´s town.

Father Kani: He was an elderly black priest who was one of Biko´s enthusistics supporters.

Kruger: He was the Minister of police and wanted to fight the police illegality.

Johan: Kruger´s son. He was fifteen years old.

Fred Lemick: One of the men standing outsideDonald´s house when he said he had a witness for the church.

Samora: Biko´s younger son.

Harold Levy: He was Donald´s lawyer.

Doreen: She was the prettiest typist in the office.

Wilfred Cooper: He was the represenatnt of Mapetla´s family.

Captain Schoeman: He was the security officer of the court.

Lawyer: He was in the court representing the law.

Peter Jones: One of Biko´s...
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