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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Rivonia: An Act of Defiance
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Did You Know?
Actor Tumisho Masha
was one of the two final candidates for playing Nelson Mandela
(he had already played Mandela in Mandela's Gun
(2016)), but his fee was too high (almost four times the film's budget, according to director Jean van de Velde
), so Sello Motloung
was chosen. Van de Velde later learned that had made the right choice, when Masha was arrested for domestic abuse, a controversy that would have undoubtedly hurt the movie. See more