The State Against Mandela and the Others

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2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. He seized centre stage during a historic trial in 1963 and 1964. But there were eight others who, like him, faced the death sentence. They too were subjected to pitiless cross-examinations. To a man they stood firm and turned the tables on the state: South Africa's apartheid regime was in the dock. Recently recovered sound archives of those hearings transport us back into the thick of the courtroom battles.

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  • The film brings emotive, enlightening perspective to a case that may be most famous for putting Mandela in prison for 27 years, but ruptured many other lives besides.

    May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • Champeaux and Porte are refreshingly straightforward with the dialogue in their script, although they sometimes become infatuated with their own cleverness; the film could easily lose 20 minutes and be stronger for it.

    May 21, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • An inspired recycling of archive material.

    May 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is a great example of a film that has extremely valuable source material that isn't effectively used. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The people interviewed are sharp and witty, carrying their heroism lightly and revealing a strength of character that sustained them through lengthy imprisonment and beyond.

    May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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