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Prisoner 46764

Prisoner 46764 | The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni


Prisoner 46764 is a historical documentary that aims to shine light on the lesser known freedom fighter, Andrew Mokete Mlangeni, giving its viewers insight into his life, trials and tribulations, sacrifices and commitment to the democratic movement. The documentary tells the story of how Mlangeni stood as an accused on charges of sabotage against the then apartheid government during the Rivonia Trials in 1938 followed by how he, together with a co-accused, escaped death for life imprisonment. Mlangeni spent twenty six years behind bars on Robben Island.


By sharing the legacy of Andrew Mlangeni, Prisoner 46764 takes a different look at South Africa’s journey to democracy. Directed by Lebogang Rasethaba, this story of one of South Africa’s many unsung heroes compels audiences to ask themselves and one another questions about the life stories of the other leaders and activists who are not often mentioned in the discussions about the history of apartheid and democracy in South Africa.


The film features testimonials by President Jacob Zuma, who says, “One of the things that comrade Mlangeni represents, is a collective leadership”. Others included are former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Dennis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada, and George Bizos. These testimonies demonstrate that it takes more then one person to fight to free a nation from the shackles of oppression.


Lebogang says, “The film is a marriage of various aesthetic components … The image leans more toward asking questions instead of making definitive statements.”


The film will have its South African debut at the 4th Annual Jozi Film Festival which opens today. The public screening will be at the Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank Mall on Sunday, 22 February 12:30 – 13:45 and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.


Update: Prisoner 46764 will be screened as part of the upcoming 2015 Encounters Documentary Film Festival. Find details.




Director: Lebogang Rasethaba
Producers: Sifiso Khanyile / Tshego Molete
Writers: Lebogang Rasethaba / Sifiso Khanyile
Story based on Andrew Mokete Mlangeni’s life


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