An Act of Defiance

Netherlands | 2018 | 123 min • Narrative Feature


Sedona Performing Arts Center Sun, Feb 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:123
Production Country:Netherlands
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jean van de Velde
Cast:Peter Paul Muller
Antoinette Louw
José Domingos
Conrad Kemp
Producer(s):Michael Auret
Richard Claus
Hugh Rogers
Screenwriter:Jean van de Velde
Dominic Morgan
Matt Harvey


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 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.