An Act of Defiance (2017, Jean van de Velde, Netherlands/South Africa, 123 min, in English & Afrikaans w/English subtitles)
A courtroom political thriller and historical drama that follows the case of ten political activists, including Nelson Mandela, who face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after arrest in Rivonia in apartheid South Africa of 1963. Bram Fischer risks his career as a lawyer and his very freedom to defend these men in court—all while attempting to hide that he is one of them. Based on actual events.
In conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
Introduction by and discussion with Stephen Clingman (UMass), author of the award-winning Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary.