INTRODUCTION: A freelance journalist, Luis Rodrigues, recently spent many weeks in the jungle country of southern Angola.
SV: UNITA troops with captured weapons entering village. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: captured weapons on display. (2 shots)
GV: UNITA troops crossing river. (2 shots)
GV: troops travel across jungle with supplies (2 shots)
SV: Savimbi's column arriving at compound.
CU AND SV: Savimbi in straw hat greeting people. (2 shots)
SCU: Savimbi walking across compound waving to troops. (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "Now, what is this group? This is not your escort. Who are these?"
RODRIGUES: "This is actually a strong combat group, that was sent by Kafuna (Phone-tic) to destroy an M.P.L.A. outpost and capture weapons, and if possible supplies.
"Now they are counting out the weapons. As you can see, they are most of them captured weapons: Russian manufactured, Kalashnikovs and some light machine-guns, and of course the kit bags which were captured from the dead soldiers."
INTERVIEWER: "Now you're crossing a river here further on your journey. What river is this? Can you name it?"
RODRIGUES: "Yes, that is the river Quito, and this is, it was just after we met with the Commander-in-Chief of UNITA, Colonel Samuel Chiwale, that came to me just previously to my meeting with Savimbi. Chiwale is a very young man and a very tough Commander."
INTERVIEWER: "This is him right now coming?"
RODRIGUES: "Yes, here he is coming up the bank of the river."
INTERVIEWER: "And where are you all going? What are you trying to reach now?"
RODRIGUES: "We are going to a point south of Serpa Pinto where we shall have our meeting with Savimbi and the other members of the political bureau that are just coming from the south.
"This is Savimbi coming in. You see the donkeys which were carrying part of the supplies, and this is his column. There you are, Savimbi is ---(INTERVIEWER - "the man with the hat") Yes, the man with the hat and the beard. He is just saying hello to everybody else, and they are giving him a big reception. They are very happy to see him. The other straw hat is Zalcuna (phonetic), the Secretary General UNITA, and to the left of Savimbi is....the tall fellow, is the Commander-in-Chief, Chiwale, once more."
INTERVIEWER: "And once again, how far into the country are we?"
RODRIGUES: "We are now about 350 miles to the east of the border."
INTERVIEWER: "And what is Savimbi telling them?"
RODRIGUES: "That's a meeting with the people and the soldiers. He is saying that he got a big lesson in the south, seeing the men fighting against the Cuban, the SWAPO and the MPLA, and also that he is glad to see that in this zone all the soldiers that have been thrown out of here by the MPLA offensive are now back in force and willing to keep the fight going on. This is part of the, let's say, coloured guard that was receiving him."
A three-cornered civil war in Angola ended in February 1976 with the victory of the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) under Agostinho Neto and with the Cuban assistance over Holden Roberto's FNLA (National Front for the Liberation of Angola) and Dr Jonas Savimbi's UNITA movements.A Marxist-type Government with Dr Neto as Head of State has since been set up in Luanda, the capital and is incontestably in control of most of the country. However, in much of the area south of the Benquela Railway, UNITA still appears to be in control, and fighting continues between Government troops and soldiers loyal to Dr Savimbi.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A freelance journalist, Luis Rodrigues, recently spent many weeks in the jungle country of southern Angola. He marched with soldiers of the UNITA (National Movement for the Total Independence of Angola) forces which are still fighting against Angolan Government troops and their Cuban allies as well as SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation) troops from across Angola's border with Namibia. Here is some of the film Rodrigues was able to take with an eight-millimetre camera, together with comments he made when interviewed about the film on his return to Europe.