Windprints

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Time Out says

Wicht, a white South African, here tells a factually-based story of the hunting down of Nhadiep (Fong), a mute Namibian outlaw and killer legendary for his elusiveness. It's set in pre- independence Namibia in 1982, SWAPO is engaged in bloody war against South Africa, and there's increasing local unrest between Afrikaaner farmers and native Nama workers. Liberal Johannesburg cameraman Anton van Heerden (Bean) is despatched to work on Nhadiep's story with an out-of-touch English journo (Hurt) given to hanging out with 'colonial relics'. Why has Nhadiep killed only members of his own people? Is he in the pay of racist Afrikaaner Henning (Weyers), who is cynically buying up abandoned farmsteads? Wicht's use of van Heerden to examine contradictions within the white liberal consciousness (including his own?) - the cameraman's objectivity as reporter of events, his status as an Afrikaaner, the significance of his personal involvement in tracking the killer - is, despite its conventionality, brave and honest if not entirely successful. Despite the usual adumbration of roles for blacks, Wicht has the guts to admit the complexity of varying points of view without resorting to simplistic messages.
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Release details

UK release:

1989

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

David Wicht

Cast:

Lesley Fong, Sean Bean, John Hurt, Marius Weyers

Music:

John Keane

Production Designer:

Michael Phillips

Editor:

Robin Sales

Cinematography:

Brian Tufano

Screenwriter:

David Wicht

Producer:

Raymond Day, Michael L Games

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Frankie

The presence of John Hurt pulled me in and the subject matter and location held me fast; the storyline kept me enthralled as I struggled to understand just what was going on. When the credits began to scroll across the screen, I was still at a loss, but glad I had sat there and listened and watched...

Elaine

Fascinating, absorbing, intense, however, leaves me confused as to the ending...

Edward C Green

I just saw this on TV and it is refreshing to see a film without all the usual clichés of American films. It is a complex story with lots of ethnographic touches. I have spent years in Swaziland and South Africa and this film comes across as historically and sociologically accurate and authentic, and the scenery made me nostalgic. I recommend this to adults who know something about southern Africa--or would like to. 6 stars rating

Edward C Green

I just saw this on TV and it is refreshing to see a film without all the usual clichés of American films. It is a complex story with lots of ethnographic touches. I have spent years in Swaziland and South Africa and this film comes across as historically and sociologically accurate and authentic, and the scenery made me nostalgic. I recommend this to adults who know something about southern Africa--or would like to. 6 stars rating