Director/Writer: Jean van de Velde
Netherlands | 2018 | English | Afrikaans | 123 MIN
Awards: Best Actress, Best Script – Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival (South Africa), Audience Award World Cinema Independent – Mill Valley Film Festival, Golden Calf for Best Actor & Best Screenplay of a Feature Film – Nederlands Film Festival, Nominated for Best Film, Best Sound Design, & Best Sound – Nederlands Film Festival
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 (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), 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.
With An Act of Defiance, Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde (The Silent Army) 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.
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