An Act Of Defiance



South Africa,1963. In AN ACT OF DEFIANCE, 10 political activists – some black, some Jewish – are arrested during a raid in the town of Rivonia for conspiring to commit sabotage against the Apartheid state and its government. Led by fellow defendant Nelson Mandela, and represented by courageous lawyer Bram Fischer, the group members plead not guilty, shifting attention instead to the corrupted and grossly unjust political system.


Sympathetic and tenacious lawyer Fischer risks his career and freedom to defend these men while attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently convened on the farm where they were arrested. This powerful and captivating true story captures a seminal moment in the fight against racism and explores the little known of South African Jews in consigning Apartheid to history.


With AN ACT OF DEFIANCE, Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde captures a dark period in South Africa's recent history, skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller with spectacular courtroom intrigue, while paying tribute to the legendary figures who fought to end segregation and corruption in their country.


Netherlands * 2017 * 123 minutes * Afrikaans and English with English subtitles * Drama


Starring: Peter Paul Muller, Antoinette Louw, Sello Motloung 

Director: Jean Van de Velde