Amandla! Freedom Theatre tribute to Mandela

The Freedom Theatre performs The Island in São Paulo, Brazil, on December 7 and 8

Freedom TheatreThe world mourns one of its greatest heroes, Nelson Mandela. A true freedom fighter has ended his struggle but his legacy will forever be in the hearts of millions across the world. In Palestine, Mandela is known as a brother, a friend and an inspiration.

"We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians"  Nelson Mandela

On Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8, The Freedom Theatre will be paying tribute to Nelson Mandela by performing The Island in São Paulo, Brazil, at the USP theatre festival. This South African play with its story of political prisoners was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s time incarcerated at Robben Island.
The Freedom Theatre’s adaptation of The Island reflects the experiences of Palestinian political prisoners and the abuses within the Israeli prison system. The play also highlights the parallels between apartheid South Africa and Palestine today. The separation, the denial of basic human and political rights, the discrimination and oppression that is evident in countless aspects of daily life.
The Island is a testament to the importance of culture as a tool for resistance, and for humanity. "Despite the prisoners’ circumstances their souls are thirsty and art is the water that keeps them alive. In Palestine, as in apartheid South Africa, we need to keep ourselves alive", says Faisal Abu Alheja, resident actor at The Freedom Theatre and actor in The Island, along with Ahmad Rokh.

The Freedom Theatre's performance of The Island tomorrow will be a message of resistance, for equality and for justice, and the necessity of freedom. Rest in peace, Madiba. Amandla!

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