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Paths to Freedom - Richard Pakleppa

Paths to Freedom

This Documentary film follows the birth of Namibia’s armed struggle against South Africa; from protests against the occupying regime to the launch of the armed struggle in Omugulugwombashe in 1966. The film contains rare interviews with struggle heroes, such as John Nankudthu and Priskilia Tuhadeleni, who passed away during the course of the film’s production

Production Details

Director: Richard Pakleppa
Production: On Land Productions
2014, English, 105 min

Distribution Details

Distribution: Worldwide
Format: DVDs Only
Contact: Info(at)africavenir.org


They said, "Enough is enough. We have to do something." Paths to Freedom traces the origins of nationalism in Namibia as peasants and contract workers revolt against being made slaves in their own country. It was the time of the 1960's when the Winds of Change were sweeping across Africa. Based on eye witness accounts and extensive archive Paths to Freedom tells the story of David and Goliath when the Namibian people took up arms against South Africa in 1966.


  • Best Artistic Achievement Award, Luxor African Film Festival, 2015
  • Best Documentary Film, Namibian Theatre and Film Awards, 2014

Director: Richard Pakleppa

Born in 1961 in Namibia, Namibian writer, director and producer Richard Pakleppa has directed and produced documentaries and fiction films in Southern Africa since 1990. His work has been screened at international film festivals and broadcast in many countries. He is the winner of the Best Documentary Award of the Southern African Film Festival in 2000 and is a founding member and Director of On Land Productions since 1992. Richard Pakleppa today lives and works in Cape Town (South Africa).

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