The State Against Mandela and the Others

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    The State Against Mandela and the Others

    Directed by

    France

    2018

    105 min

    • English

    Documentary

    2018 marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. He seized centre 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 sound archives of those hearings transport us back into the thick of the courtroom battles.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Nicolas Champeaux
    Gilles Porte
    Cinematography
    Gilles Porte
    Editing
    Alexandra Strauss
    Music
    Aurélien Chouzenoux
    Production
    BIG WORLD CINEMA
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    Press

    Stylized animation and a wealth of uncovered archival audio make this doc on the apartheid era's pivotal Rivonia Trial unexpectedly fresh.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    A heartfelt, humane and visually inventive tribute to a fading generation of giants whose principled sacrifices ended up changing history.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Nicolas Champeaux

    Nicolas Champeaux

    France

    Nicolas Champeaux is a reporter for Radio France Internationale (RFI). In 1993, he graduated from high school Jean Macé Rennes before studying journalism and moving to the capital. At RFI, he specializes in the Africa service dealing with themes as diverse as religion in Africa, Islam, Boko Haram in Nigeria and even the intervention of Vladimir Putin in Syria. He is in charge of the daily news Today in France as well as Network Europe. He also collaborates with Radio France Culture. His first feature THE STATE AGAINST MANDELA AND THE OTHERS premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Gilles Porte

    Gilles Porte

    France

    Gilles Porte (1965) is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and assistant cameraman. THE STATE AGAINST MANDELA AND THE OTHERS premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.