Fri 3 Nov | 20:20 | BFI Southbank SOLD OUT
Dir. Pascale Lamche
France, Netherlands, South Africa. 2017.84 mins. English.
Intriguing, controversial and misunderstood, Winnie Mandela’s rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. Winnie fought the South African liberation movement against apartheid tooth and nail, far from the isolation of the prison cell where her husband Nelson Mandela served 27 long years. While Nelson became the movement’s hero, Winnie’s struggle to bring down the regime from the front line was met with condemnation from the global press. Featuring unseen archival footage and interviews with Winnie herself, Pascale Lamche’s seminal documentary depicts a complex figure who came to symbolise the oppression of her people, while asking the broader question of why history habitually silences strong female leaders.
Winnie won Best Director World Cinema at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Followed by a Q&A with director Pascale Lamche.
Pascale Lamche is a multi-award winning filmmaker who has made feature documentaries and series both as a writer/producer, and writer/director for key broadcasters internationally, and whose films have been premiered at many international film festivals including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival, Toronto Documentary Festival, FIPA Documentary Film Festival and travelled the world.