Apartheid is rampant in South Africa, 1963. When ten men are arrested on a farm in Rivonia for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive S. African government, tenacious lawyer Bram Fisher steps up to the challenge as lead counsel. He soon finds that political leader Nelson Mandela is also on trial. Mandela urges his fellow defendants to plead not guilty and shine light on the systemic corruption against the African people. As the outcome of the trial looks bleak, Mandela gives his famous "I'm Prepared to Die" speech, discussing how the ANC's resistance is justified. But will Mandela's impassioned speech save these men's lives?
1 March 2017 (South Africa)
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An Act of Defiance
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After several movies where Nelson Mandela
was played by British and American actors, director Jean van de Velde
was adamant to have the role played by a South-African actor. This turned out to be the most difficult role to cast, because many South-African actors felt uncomfortable portraying such an iconic character. About eight actors auditioned, most of whom were turned down for being too old, too short or too expensive. Sello Motloung
was finally chosen a few months before the start of production because he had the right age, built and demeanor to portray the 1960s Mandela (who was an amateur boxer and a fierce activist). Also important was that Motloung spoke Xhosa, Mandela's native language, even though it meant that he had to practice with a language coach to improve his English. See more