JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Government censors today approved uncut showings in South Africa of "Cry Freedom," the new film about black activist Steve Biko.
The film, which opened this month in the United States and Britain, has been described by critics as a powerful indictment of apartheid and a likely contender for the Academy Awards.
South African journalists who saw the film overseas had predicted that it would not be allowed into South Africa.
Biko's death in detention 10 years ago made him a martyr for government opponents. The film's other central character, exiled journalist Donald Woods, is a "banned" person who cannot be quoted in South Africa.
Committee Viewed Film
Prof. Braam Coetzee, who as director of publications control oversees the censorship process, said a committee of censors viewed "Cry Freedom" on Thursday and approved the film without cuts or age restrictions.