An Act of Defiance


Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 6, 2017 2:30 PM
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Film Info
Category:Focus: Hiding & Seeking
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:123 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Jean van de Velde
Producer:Michael Auret
Richard Claus
Screenwriter:Matt Harvey
Dominic Morgan
Jean van de Velde
Cinematographer:Miles Goodall
Cast:Peter Paul Muller
Antoinette Louw
Sello Motloung
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently convened on the farm where they were arrested. With An Act of Defiance, Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde (The Silent Army) 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.

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Born in 1957 in Bukavu (in the former Belgian Congo), Jean van de Velde grew up in the tropics, went to secondary school in the Netherlands, and graduated from school in 1974 in Utrecht, after which he studied at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam. In 1985, van de Velde founded his own company and wrote and directed a large number of successful features for several producers, including the award-winning Leak and All Stars, the feature film and TV series (winner of the International Emmy Award 2000), both of which have been remade in many countries. From July 2000 to January 2003, van de Velde worked as Intendant for the Dutch Film Fund and in this capacity, he was responsible for developing and guiding over 20 commercial features. Currently, he is chairman of the Dutch Screenwriters Guild. In 2004, he was honored at the Dutch Film Festival as ‘Guest of the Year’ with a retrospective.