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18 July 2011

Captor and Captive Premieres on 24 July 2011

An emotional story of two enemy soldiers who meet 30 years after an event that changed both of their lives

Watch the trailer here.

CAPTOR AND CAPTIVE - The story of Danger Ashipala and Johan van der Mescht
Duration: 52-minutes
Genre: Documentary
Year of Production: 2010
Country of Production: South Africa, Namibia
Language: English, Afrikaans, Oshivambo [Subtitled in English]

Johan van der Mescht, a South African Army conscript was stationed on the border of Namibia when he was captured in 1978. He was held as a Prisoner of War in Sao Paulo Prison, Angola for four and a half years before being exchanged for a Russian spy, Aleksei Koslov, at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin in 1982. Danger Ashipala was a young idealist when he joined the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) military wing, to help liberate his country from colonial oppression. He was responsible for Van der Mescht’s capture. The film chronicles the first meeting between Van der Mescht and Ashipala in 2009, and explores their respective experiences. CAPTOR AND CAPTIVE is both the story of a man whose capture has taken him to hell and back and of his captor who kept him alive during the attack. Ultimately it is a story of forgiveness and redemption.

General notes
After a fact finding mission to Namibia in 2009, Danger Ashipala, who was Van der Mescht’s SWAPO captor was located. When Van der Mescht and his family returned to Namibia in December 2009 for the meeting with his captor and the filming thereof, he received a hero’s welcome. Ironically in his own country he is still regarded as a traitor who walked over to join the enemy. At its centre the story contains the universal themes of war, love, pain, betrayal and forgiveness and will appeal to a wide audience from age group 15 years to adults of all ages. The film bears testament to the reconciliation between veteran soldier enemies.

Status of distribution, sales and screenings
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) licensed the film.
Worldwide premier: 24 July 2011, SABC 2, 21h00

Screening at The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg,
20 August 2011, 19h30,

Full Circle Productions owns copyright and financed the film with capital investment, sweat equity, pro-bono work from the cinematographer and post production services and post production funding support from the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

Contact details

Contact person: Rina Jooste
Full Circle Productions
Postnet Suite #225, Private Bag X9
Melville, Johannesburg, 2109
Tel: +27 11 440-6853
Cell: +27 83 629 0622
Fax: 086 518 3768
Skype: rina_jooste

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