An Act of Defiance / Bram Fischer

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.

Year:
2017
Length:
123 minutes
Director:
Jean van de Velde
Poster for An Act of Defiance / Bram Fischer

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  2. 20th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2018
  3. 22nd Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  4. 23rd Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  5. 26th Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  6. 26th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  7. 28th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. Altoona Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  9. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  10. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  11. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  12. Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  13. Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  14. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2018
  15. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  16. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  17. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2019
  18. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  19. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  20. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  21. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2018
  22. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  23. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  24. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Jewish Film Series - 2018
  25. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  26. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  27. Jewish and Israeli Film Festival (Allentown) - 2019
  28. Jewish Arts and Film Festival of Fairfield County - 2018
  29. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2018
  30. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2018
  31. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  32. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  33. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  34. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  35. New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  36. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  37. Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  38. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  39. SFJFF WinterFest - 2018
  40. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  41. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  42. The National Center For Jewish Film's 21st Annual Film Festival - 2018
  43. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  44. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  45. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  46. Virginia Festival of Jewish Film - 2019
  47. Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  48. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2018

5 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    “An Act of Defiance” examines whether apartheid can be conquered with the force of words and nonviolence.
    https://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/review-apartheid-fight-offers-lessons-for-u-s/

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    The film is on the one hand a courtroom drama and on the other hand a portrait of a lawyer who grows into a key figure in the anti-apartheid movement, but at the same time plays with fire because he is still actively involved in the underground resistance.

    http://reviewsbyamoslassen.com/?p=62815

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Jean van de Velde’s movie is both a moving and powerful meditation on the sacrifices necessary to stand against injustice, and an exciting political thriller.

    https://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2767073/an-act-of-defiance-stands-up-at-walter-reade-theatre

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    The film does not shy away from the pivotal issues of those grim days prior to the deportation of Mandela and his crowd to Robben Island, with fellow ANC leaders being driven into exile. The intensely debated role of armed struggle by the liberation movement’s leaders and the contested co-operation with white South Africans in that movement are subtly written into the script.

    https://www.zammagazine.com/perspectives/blog/476-mandela-s-lawyer-the-afrikaner-communist

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    Producer Michael Auret expreses his thoughts on the film, “It’s appropriate that across the water from Robben Island, home to so many that gave their lives for the establishment of a non-racist and democratic South Africa, we can have the African Premiere of a film which celebrates the life and work of some that we have not heard before.”

    http://www.samdb.co.za/blogs/blog/2017/10/06/an-act-of-defience-the-bram-fischer-story-to-open-cifmf/

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