AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
Jean van de Velde / Holland – South Africa 2017 / 123 min / DCP / V.O.S.C.
Peter Paul Muller, Antoinette Louw, Sello Motloung
[mini-icon icon=”time”] Friday 28th september 19.30h
[mini-icon icon=”map-marker”] Filmoteca de Catalunya – Sala Chomón
[mini-icon icon=”play-circle”] Fiction
[mini-icon icon=”certificate”] Feature film. Premiere in Spain
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 they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during 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.
An Act of Defiance, captures a dark period in South Africa’s recent history, skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller with spectacular courtroom intrigue while paying tribute to the legendary figures who fought to end segregation and corruption in their country.
Dutch Film Awards: Best actor, Best screenplay
Cape Town Film Festival: Best screenplay