Dir: Pascale Lamche | France/Netherlands/South Africa | 2017 | 84mins
Intriguing, controversial and misunderstood, Winnie Mandela’s rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. Winnie fought the South African liberation movement against apartheid tooth and nail, far from the isolation of the prison cell where her husband Nelson Mandela served 27 long years. While Nelson became the movement’s hero, Winnie’s struggle to bring down the regime from the front line was met with condemnation from the global press. Featuring unseen archival footage and interviews with Winnie herself, Pascale Lamche’s seminal documentary depicts a complex figure who came to symbolise the oppression of her people, while asking the broader question of why history habitually silences strong female leaders.
Winner Best Director World Cinema, Sundance Film Festival 2017
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