Special Event Commemorating Nelson Mandela’s Centennial

Q&A with Professor Stephen Clingman, author of Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary, an award-winning biography about the protagonist of Act of Defiance (May 11 at MFA)

Introduction by Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Exec Director South Africa Partners (May 9)
Introduction by Mitalene Fletcher, Harvard University Graduate School of Education (May 11)

This rousing historical drama is based on the real events of the pivotal 1963 Rivonia Trial in apartheid South Africa when Nelson Mandela and nine of his black and Jewish compatriots faced possible death sentences, having been charged with conspiracy to commit sabotage and treason. White Afrikaner lawyer Bram Fischer (the excellent Peter Paul Muller) risks everything to defend the activists, all the while hiding his own ties to the resistance. A political thriller full of courtroom intrigue, the film is also a powerful exploration of the sacrifices required to stand against injustice. Winner of nine film festival audience and jury awards, including honors for best film, actor, actress, and script.

Director: Jean van de Velde | Netherlands/South Africa | 2017 | 123m | English & Afrikaans w/ English subtitles

Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre

Friday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Alfond)

Act of Definance copy