An Act of Defiance / Bram Fischer

Poster for 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

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  2. 16th Annual Ruth and Bernard Friedman Windsor Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  3. 20th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2018
  4. 22nd Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. 23rd Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  6. 26th Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  7. 26th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. 28th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  9. Altoona Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  10. Athens Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  11. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  12. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  13. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2020
  14. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  15. Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  16. Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  17. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  18. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2018
  19. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  20. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  21. Chattanooga Jewish Film Series - 2019
  22. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  23. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2019
  24. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  25. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  26. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  27. Corvallis Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  28. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2018
  29. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  30. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  31. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  32. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  33. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Jewish Film Series - 2018
  34. Festival Internacional de Cine Judio Mexico - 2019
  35. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  36. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  37. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  38. Jewish and Israeli Film Festival (Allentown) - 2019
  39. Jewish Arts and Film Festival of Fairfield County - 2018
  40. Jewish Film Festival (Chautauqua) - 2019
  41. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2018
  42. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2018
  43. Louisville Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  44. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  45. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  46. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  47. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  48. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  49. Moscow Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  50. New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  51. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  52. Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  53. Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  54. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  55. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  56. Schenectady Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  57. Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  58. SFJFF WinterFest - 2018
  59. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  60. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  61. The National Center For Jewish Film's 21st Annual Film Festival - 2018
  62. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  63. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  64. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  65. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  66. Virginia Festival of Jewish Film - 2019
  67. Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  68. 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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