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An Act of Defiance

  • Directed by Jean van de Velde
  • Netherlands/South Africa, 2018, 123 mins., English/Afrikaans

In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists, including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters, face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after their arrest by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently convened on the farm where they were arrested. Van de Velde’s nail-biting political thriller pays tribute to the legendary figures who fought not only to end segregation and corruption in their country, but to set an example for universal justice. Best Film, UK Jewish Film Festival. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles.

Genres: Drama