Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator

Director: Katrin Hansing
Country: South Africa, Cuba and USA
Year: 2009
Running Time: 24 min
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator, Katrin Hansing, South Africa/Cuba/USA, 2009, 24 min.
Freddy Ilanga, a fifteen year old Congolese youth, becomes Che Guevara’s personal Swahili teacher and translator during the seven intense months of Ches mission to train anti-Mobutu rebels in Congo. This film is about displacement, familial relations and the high costs of exile during the Cold War and the Cuban Revolution. It is a story about migration and displacement and the high human costs of exile and family separation.