This film details the remarkable courtroom drama that surrounded the infamous Rivonia Trial of 1963 which saw Nelson Mandela and his fellow Rivonia Trialists facing the possibility of death or life imprisonment after being tried for their attempts to end the rule of the apartheid state. The film is told from the point of view of the tenacious Afrikaans lawyer Bram Fischer, himself a covert anti-apartheid activist and prominent communist party member, who represented the Rivonia trialists in their Pretoria trial. Following the trial, Fischer continued to remain active in the underground anti-apartheid movement and was himself put on trial in 1966 for conspiracy to overthrow the government. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and died a prisoner in 1975 from complications relating to untreated cancer.
This month The Bioscope takes a look back over some of the best new South African films that came out in 2019 including documentary films, historical drama and contemporary thrillers.
- Date: Sat Jan 18 at 16:00
- Venue: The Bioscope 286 Fox St, Maboneng
- Price: R60