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. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  14. Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  15. Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  16. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  17. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2018
  18. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  19. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  20. Chattanooga Jewish Film Series - 2019
  21. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  22. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2019
  23. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  24. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  25. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  26. Corvallis Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  27. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2018
  28. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  29. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  30. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  31. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  32. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Jewish Film Series - 2018
  33. Festival Internacional de Cine Judio Mexico - 2019
  34. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  35. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  36. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  37. Jewish and Israeli Film Festival (Allentown) - 2019
  38. Jewish Arts and Film Festival of Fairfield County - 2018
  39. Jewish Film Festival (Chautauqua) - 2019
  40. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2018
  41. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2018
  42. Louisville Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  43. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  44. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  45. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  46. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  47. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  48. New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  49. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  50. Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  51. Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  52. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  53. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  54. Schenectady Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  55. Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  56. SFJFF WinterFest - 2018
  57. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  58. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  59. The National Center For Jewish Film's 21st Annual Film Festival - 2018
  60. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  61. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  62. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  63. Virginia Festival of Jewish Film - 2019
  64. Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  65. 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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