Song of Freedom Reviews
August 2, 2013
A film for those who love old movies, not only as a source of entertainment, but as a view of the society values of the time that they were made. The entertainment factor comes from the great Paul Robeson and the society values are shown in in the way that John Zinga assumes automatically that the religious beliefs of the Casangas are merely superstitions and that in bringing the wonders of industrial society to his people, he is improving their lives. That this film was made in Great Britain is not surprising, since this belief was the excuse the British had used in their colonization of their vast Empire the century before, and was the same the US used in wiping out the Native Americans. All films are a product of their times--The Birth of A Nation, the first feature length film, had the Klu Klux Klan as the heroes. What makes Robeson's role here somewhat ironic is that he was blacklisted by the McCarthy Committee for being a Communist, and here he claims to be a king. A very interesting film.