“A free and democratic society is an ideal for which, if needs be, I am prepared to die.” – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela’s Rivonia Trial was one of the most gripping and important trials in legal history, charging Mandela and members of the group of South Africans who were planning to overthrow apartheid with the capital offence of sabotage. This documentary follows the lead up to the trial, its duration and aftermath, exploring not only Mandela’s role but that of his comrades and the brilliant lawyers who fought with relentless bravery and brilliance for basic equality – offering an honest, and brutal window into the history of apartheid in South Africa. It won the Best International Film award at the Encounters South Africa International Film Festival in June.
You can see the film free of charge at Royal Festival Hall, Level 3 Function Room, Level 3, Blue side, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX on 27, 28 and 29 July at 11am, 2pm and 4pm each day
There will be a post-show Q&A with director Sir Nick Stadlen on Saturday 28 July after the 11am screening and on Sunday 29 July after the 2pm screening
Pricing: Free but tickets should be obtained here