Life Is Wonderful: Mandela's Unsung Heroes

Researcher Training

The film lasts 88 minutes and will be  followed by a discussion led by the film-maker. 

Former High Court Judge and Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow Sir Nick Stadlen tells the story of Nelson Mandela's co-defendants at the Rivonia trial, the lawyers who saved them from the gallows and some of the other brave men and women who supported them in their fight for the freedom of South Africa. It is an inspiring story of immense courage and self sacrifice on the part  of a small group of black, white and Indian idealists who said: Not on my watch. Not in my name.In the words  of  Andrew Mlangeni, Accused Number 10, they were a multi racial band of comrades who fought for a non racial democracy.

The film won the award for Best International Film at the Encounters South African Documentary Film Festival in June.

"Through ground-breaking and never–before-seen interviews, the former English High Court Judge Sir Nicholas Stadlen throws light onto the extraordinary people involved in the Rivonia Trial, the court case that changed South Africa. Their stories and the stories of the anti-apartheid struggle show the power of people’s ideals to enable them to create the world as it should be, not accepting the world as it is."  Screen Africa

Humanities & Identities

Contact name: William Beinart

Contact email: william.beinart@sant.ox.ac.uk

Audience: Open to all

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