Apartheid is rampant in South Africa, 1963.
When black and white men are arrested on a farm in Rivonia for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive South African government, tenacious lawyer Bram Fisher steps up to the challenge as lead counsel. But Bram’s involvement is complicated – he is the un-accused 11th freedom fighter, who happened to avoid arrest, and during the trial not only has to unravel the manipulated evidence by the prosecutor and expose bribed or tortured witnesses, but must also protect himself from detection.
Bram soon finds that political leader Nelson Mandela is also on trial. Mandela urges his fellow defendants to plead not guilty and shine light on the systemic corruption against the African people. As the outcome of the trial looks bleak, Mandela gives his famous “I’m Prepared to Die” speech, discussing how the ANC’s resistance is justified. But will Mandela’s impassioned speech save these men’s lives?
Bram is in a moral dilemma: the defense of his clients (his friends and co-conspirators) or his own welfare and safety.
- Denver Premiere
About the film
- Director: Jean va de Velde
- 2017/South Africa, Netherlands/123 minutes
- English and Afrikaans with English subtitles
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