Interview with Bob Van Lierop

by Robert Van Lierop (Interviewee), William Minter (Interviewer)
New York, New York, United States
April 16, 2004
28 pages
A lawyer, filmmaker and long-time activist. Robert Van Lierop made two films on Mozambique, A Luta Continua (1972), filmed in the liberated areas during the struggle for independence, and O Povo Organizado (1976), filmed shortly after independence. Van Lierop discusses the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) and Frelimo leaders Eduardo Mondlane, Shafrudin Khan, Joaquim Chissano, Valeriano Ferrao, and Armando Guebuza. Van Lierop says A Luta Continua was smuggled into South Africa and shown by the Black Consciousness Movement and others before the 1976 Soweto uprising. He says Frelimo also smuggled this film into Portugal. Van Lierop discusses the Mozambique Film Project, Africa Information Service (AIS), American Committee on Africa, African Liberation Support Committee (ALSC), Southern Africa Committee, the NAACP, Bob Brown and the Black Economic Research Center, and Heywood Burns and the National Conference of Black Lawyers. Van Lierop also discusses José Ramos Horta, Tapson Mawere and ZANU, UNITA, and the MPLA.
This interview was conducted as research for the book No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. With assistance of Aluka (, the interview was transcribed and prepared for presentation on the web. The transcript was reviewed by the interviewee, and an introduction was prepared by one of the editors of No Easy Victories. The transcript also is available on the No Easy Victories website.
Used by permission of William Minter, Editor, No Easy Victories