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Winnie (2017)

Winnie (2017)




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Supremely controversial, Winnie Mandela has been labeled a woman condemned for her radical role in the liberation of her South African people under apartheid. While her husband, Nelson Mandela, remained securely jailed for 27 years, Winnie brushed the patriarchy aside to fight on the front line and take uncompromising steps to inspire an uprising. While Nelson was remembered as a hero, Winnie was demonized in the global media. Filmmaker Pascale Lamche paints a complex portrait of Winnie Mandela: the woman, the paradox, both exalted and villainized in the eyes of history. Using rich, unseen archival footage and interviews with intimate comrades, Lamche unravels the tale of cause and effect by which Winnie was taken down. Loved by South African people for her grace and unflinching leadership, Winnie Mandela is situated at the center of her own narrative by Lamche in this groundbreaking film which asks us to question how-and why-history has intimidated and silenced women because of their political power.


Critic Reviews for Winnie

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

"Winnie" gradually reveals itself to be rather a specious work, unabashedly one-sided in its adherence to the "mother of the nation" line pushed by her admirers, and its factually selective absolution of Madikizela-Mandela ...

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…
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Nothing new to see here.

January 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Lamche's agenda is clear for all to see, and isn't necessarily a bad thing. The ability to portray a former freedom fighter turned into a figure of hate, serves as a good example in how a documentary can be both factual and narrative-led

February 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This documentary is frank, personal, and totally unapologetic.

February 5, 2018 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

There is reluctance on the part of Lamche to say too much about some of the more murky areas of Winnie's life.

February 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I do think the filmmakers sought to overturn Mandela's infamy, but don't assume they fulfill that goal subjectively.

February 2, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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