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In this immersive film essay, master documentary filmmaker Thomas Heise dives into four generations of his own family archives to trace the profound cultural and political upheaval of Germany's last century.
2018 marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth. He seized center stage during a historic trial in 1963 and 1964. But there were eight others who, like him, faced the death sentence. They too were subjected to pitiless cross-examinations. To a man they stood firm and turned the tables on the state: South Africa's apartheid regime was in the dock. Recently recovered archival recordings of those hearings transport us back into the thick of the courtroom battles.
I am surprised about the overall rating of 6/10. I expected a rating between 7 and 9. I hope many people will see this movie, and I find it strange that there have been ratings of 1/10 without any written review to explain why. So my 10 is to raise the overall review which I strongly believe this documentary deserves.
About the film itself:
Besides hearing the defendants on tape and seeing them on film in recent time it was interesting to also hear the point of view of the son of the prosecutor working on the Rivoniaprocess. For me personally the reason to watch this movie was to learn more about the people involved in the process and the movement. I am glad I watched the documentary as I learned a lot more and I'm curious to get more informed still.
I enjoyed the animations made to accompany the audio recordings of the trial. They helped me to engage more with the audio recordings and they illustrated the situation in a expressive way.
It was touching for me to see the defendants listening to their younger selves during the process. Incredible to see what lives they lived and what they did for the cause.
The last scene shows how many of it is still so relevant today...
Go watch it!
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