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An Act of Defiance

“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, 1963

Nelson Mandela and 10 other defendants (many of them Jewish) are on trial for conspiracy to commit sabotage against the repressive South African government.  Their lives hang in the balance, dependant on the intelligence and courage of their tenacious lawyer, Bram Fischer.  But Bram has a secret of his own to hide and must make choices that will have deep consequences for himself and his family.  This is a riveting political thriller about balancing personal and public lives in moral universe turned upside down.

 

 Film Details

Thriller / Dir: Jean van de Velde/ Starring:Peter Paul Muller, Sello Motloung, Antoinette Louw /  The Netherlands 2017 / English, Afrikaans w/ English ST/123 min

Festivals

Dutch Film Awards Best Actress, Screenplay; Capetown Film Festival Best Actress, Screenplay; Movies That Matter Film Festival Audience Award; UK International Jewish Film Festival Best Film Award

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