Captor & captive : the story of Danger Ashipala and Johan Van Der Mescht

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  • Creator producer & director, Rina Jooste
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication [South Africa] : Full Circle Productions : distributed by Shadow Films, 2010.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videodisc (52 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
  • OCLC ocn785220153
  • Credits
    • Cinematographer, Ryley Grunenwald; editor, Margaux Truter


  • An emotional story of redemption, two enemy soldiers meet 30 years after they clashed. Danger Ashipala, a young idealist from the liberation movement SWAPO, captured Johan van der Mescht, a South African Defence Force soldier on the border, in 1978. After four years as a POW in Angola, Van Der Mescht was exchanged for a Russian spy at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin in 1982. Danger and Johan met again in 2009.


  • DVD; PAL; stereo.
  • In English and Afrikaans, with subtitles in English.
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