The State Against Mandela and the Others

The State Against Mandela and the Others

2018
105 minutes
English & French
Directed by:
Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte

The year 2018 marked the centenary of the birth of South African leader Nelson Mandela, who seized center stage during a historic trial in 1963 and 1964. There were also eight others who, like Mandela, faced the death sentence because of their political resistance to apartheid. They, too, were subjected to pitiless cross-examinations, and to a man, they stood firm and turned the tables on the state: South Africa's apartheid regime was in the dock. Recently recovered archival recordings of those hearings transport the audience back into the thick of the courtroom battles and re-create the troubled times before apartheid ended.

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