Based on true events, this award-winning historical thriller follows the fate of Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish anti-Apartheid fighters after their arrests during a raid in Rivonia, South Africa, the summer of 1963.
Bram Fischer (Peter Paul Muller), a tenacious Afrikaner lawyer, risks his career, family, and freedom to represent ten Rivonia trial defendants against charges of conspiracy to commit sabotage and treason against the National Party. While the prosecution gains momentum, Bram’s defense embraces a new strategy that focuses to prove that the African National Congress’ resistance is justified in their actions. With Mandela preparing to die for his beliefs, it is clear that no matter what the verdict reads, there will be no turning back.
This exhilarating courtroom drama skillfully combines nail-biting political intrigue with thoughtful insight into the personal struggles of those most central to South Africa’s seminal battle against racism and white supremacy. Expertly crafted, AN ACT OF DEFIANCE is a soulful account of a crucial moment in the history of South Africa.