Best of 2019: An Act of Defiance - The Story of Bram Fischer

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This January, The Bioscope brings you the 'Best of 2019'; a series of screenings celebrating last year's very best local films.

"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." - Nelson Mandela's impassioned words to the prosecuter of "The Rivonia Trial".

Directed by: Jean Van De Velde / Drama, Biography / 123min

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 Fischer 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?

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The Bioscope Independent Cinema 286 Fox Street
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001
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