Life is Wonderful: Mandela’s Unsung Heroes

Friday 20 July 2018,
BP Lecture Theatre

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July 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

The 1963/4 Rivonia Trial is one of the most extraordinary in legal history, at which Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment. After 27 years in prison, he emerged with a vision of a multiracial democracy which averted a bloody civil war in South Africa. But he did not act alone.

In this new film, former High Court Judge Sir Nick Stadlen tells the story of 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 idealists. In the words of Andrew Mlangeni, Accused Number 10, they were a multiracial band of comrades who fought for a multiracial democracy.

Introduced by South African-born former lawyer and judge Sir Sydney Kentridge KCMG, and followed by an interview with the film's director Nick Stadlen and Q&A chaired by author and journalist John Battersby.

Part of the Nelson Mandela 100 Centenary Programme.

Please note that the screening in the BP theatre is sold out, but a live relay will be taking place in the adjacent Stevenson lecture theatre. More information here.

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