A Pair of Boots and a Bicycle

Genre : War
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2007
Format : Feature

Why would men who are repressed at home, valiantly fight in the war of their oppressors? And what did the triumphant victors give them, upon their return, for their'gallant and distinguished service'? In this very personal, fascinating investigation, Moloi journeys from the Soweto sitting rooms of veterans to El Alamien to find the answers, and in so doing unearths the significant contribution of South Africa's black soldiers to the Allies' North Africa campaign. Denied arms they were deployed in the support units.
Told with poignancy, the irony of their situation is slowly revealed through the life and actions of one soldier: Job Maseko. Job received the Military Medal for a heroic and ingenious sabotage of a German supply ship while a prisoner of war in Tobruk.





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2007 | 2nd AiM, Africa in Motion | EDINBURGH, Scottland | 25 October - 4 November 2007 | www.africa-in-motion.org.uk
* Selection (SOUTH AFRICAN DOCUMENTARIES)
* UK Premiere

2007 | 9th edition of the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival | Johannesburg, 13 - 22 July 2007 | Cape Town, 20 July - 5 August 2007 |
> Selection (Category: South Africa)
WORLD PREMIÈRE / OPENING NIGHT FILM

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