WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The State Against Mandela and the Others
Dirs. Nicholas ChampeauxGilles Porte | 106 min
Documentary France 2018 DC Premiere
Thursday, May 98:15 PM E Street Cinema
Saturday, May 181:30 PM Bethesda Row Cinema Pre-sale only*
*Saturday screenings before 6:00 PM are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.
Nelson Mandela’s story seized center stage during the historic Rivonia trial in 1963 and 1964. But there were eight others who, like him, faced the death sentence.
To a man they stood firm and turned the tables on the state: just as they were on trial, so too was South Africa’s apartheid regime. Recently recovered archival recordings of those hearings transport us back into the thick of the courtroom battles.
At the center of the trial was hawkish state prosecutor Percy Yutar, a brilliant legal mind, whose Jewish origins were put to dubious purposes in the courtroom.
Co-presented by Embassy of France
Festivals and Awards
- 2018, Cannes Film Festival
- "This is a heartfelt, humane and visually inventive tribute to a fading generation of giants whose principled sacrifices ended up changing history." ― The Hollywood Reporter
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