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Act of Defiance, An
(Bram Fischer)  4841

Release date: Fri 26 Apr 2019
Running time:122 (2h02’)
Age restriction:10–12PG D P V

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” -Nelson Mandela’s impassioned speech to the prosecutor of ‘The Rivonia Trial.’

Apartheid is rampant in South Africa, 1963. When ten men are arrested on a farm in Rivonia for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive South African government, tenacious lawyer Bram Fisher steps up to the challenge as lead counsel. He soon finds that political leader Nelson Mandela is also on trial. Mandela urges his fellow defendants to plead not guilty and shine light on the systemic corruption against the African people. As the outcome of the trial looks bleak, Mandela gives his famous “I’m Prepared to Die” speech, discussing how the ANC’s resistance is justified. But will Mandela’s impassioned speech save these men’s lives.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Peter Paul Muller, Antoinette Louw, Sello Motloung
Directed by: Jean van de Velde
Language: English, Afrikaans
Country / Year: South Africa, Netherlands,  2017

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In apartheid-ruled South Africa, a renowned lawyer struggles to hide his secret affiliation to the nation's chief resistance movement - as he takes on defending a group of its arrested members, including its leader, Nelson Mandela.