Freedom Month highlights to catch this April

Celebrate civil rights and liberation struggle heroes, and personal freedom on TV as DStv honours Freedom Day – and Freedom Month – this April

Are you taking off the Monday before Freedom Day on Tuesday, 27 April? Good on you if you are, because DStv has a pile of delicious viewing lined up for that potential long weekend. From special shows on the History channel to celebrate South Africa’s Freedom Day on 27 April, to kids’ shows and entertainment that have people breaking into other types of freedoms – freedom for women, freedom from judgement, and even in some cases, reality and gravity!

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Freedom Month on the History Channel

This April, in honour of South Africa’s Freedom Day on Tuesday, 27 April, the History channel pays tribute to people around the world who have fought the legacy of colonialism, slavery and oppression. The month’s programmes highlight events that defined their eras, along with the brave figures who paved the way for future generations in the fight against injustice.

Watch from Saturday, 3 April on History (DStv channel 186).

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More to watch over the weekend

On DStv, there is more than 1 type of freedom to enjoy this freedom day weekend. Watch as 86-year-old Judi Dench breaks free of perceptions of women and the elderly as she climbs 100m-tall trees, and watch the cast of the Afrikaans mockumentary G.I.L. break free of gravity as they take off from their airport in the middle of nowhere (you might defy gravity yourself by bouncing off your seat with laughter). The stand-up comedy session Ali Siddiq: It’s Bigger Than These Bars is actually performed and recorded in the very antithesis of freedom: the Bell County Jail in Texas. And these are only a few of the must-see TV shows on offer…

Movie highlights

While we’re celebrating our Freedom, we can enjoy a little glamour and razzle dazzle, too. This is a big weekend for the movies, with the Oscars happening on Sunday, 25 April. And if you punch your own movie ticket, you could also see Jessica Chastain’s character, Ava, breaking free from addiction in the action thriller Ava, while older kids will love the story of 16-year-old Ellie Lansing defies expectations to become a racing car driver.


E! Live from the red carpet: 2021 Oscars

Join E! on the red carpet of the 2021 Oscars, the annual event that celebrates the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood’s glittering galaxy. Get ready for the best possible coverage of who’s wearing what as Tinseltown’s great and good walk the glamorous red carpet – many in the hope of walking away with that coveted little statue. Keep an eye on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) for coverage and watch the DStv Awards show campaign page for all the latest info on the event. Then stay tuned for Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars. Join E! as they break down the night's show-stopping fashion from the 2021 Oscars Red Carpet on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30

Watch on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 23:00

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Recovering addict and ex-soldier Ava Faulkner (Jessica Chastain) is working as an assassin in the action thriller film Ava when she’s overheard asking 1 of her targets why someone would want him dead. News of the breach of protocol reaches her superiors, including Simon (Colin Farrell), who puts out a hit on her behind the back of her handler, Duke (John Malkovich).

Watch on Sunday, 25 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:00

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Lady Driver

Rebellious rich girl 16-year-old Ellie Lansing (Grace Van Dien) has just earned her driver’s license when she goes in search of her family’s history, which leads her to her uncle Tim’s (Sean Patrick Flanery) garage and an obsession with cars and the possibilities of becoming a dirt track racing driver.

Watch on Saturday, 24 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 15:00

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And for the kids...

Please Mom, let them have some screentime this freedom weekend – because they’re going to love these brand-new shows and movie specials.

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