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Freedom Fighter Escape

Approaching the challenge of getting out of prison with audacity and ingenuity, Tim is seen here with a key. He and the other escapees made and tested keys fashioned in wood work classes right under the noses of their captors and smuggling these parts around the prison. Over months of trial and error, they unlocked their cells and then tested their keys on each of the ten doors that led to freedom, coming up with clever schemes to avoid patrolling guards.

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Tim Jenkin explodes a leaflet bomb spreading messages of freedom in 1976 South Africa. Imprisoned on charges of terrorism, his position in the prison woodshop allows him to make keys, slowly working his way to freedom.