“Would you be prepared to take up a gun and kill someone in order to achieve your freedom?” “Now I know I can. We were the foot soldiers exposed to the viciousness of apartheid.” Winnie Mandela is one of the most powerful female political figures fighting the brutality of apartheid in South Africa. While her husband served a life sentence, Winnie Mandela rode the raw violence of apartheid, fighting on the front line and underground.
“There’s thinking people and people fighting to survive. She’s an activists she’s not the type of person who can be voiceless.” Pascale Lamche‘s ‘Winnie’ documentary is the untold story of the mysterious forces that combined to take her down, labeling him a saint, her, a sinner. She came to symbolize the oppression of her people while her unwillingness to lie down and take it, during the long years in which the ANC languished in exile and incarceration, incited them to get organized.
“When people on the ground know who their leaders are there’s nothing that you can do successfully to alter that relationship.” Previously Lamche documented Nelson Mandela’s story of the Rivonia Trial which highlighted exclusive interviews with Nelson Mandela and all the surviving co-accused. She’s now revisiting the Mandela’s with the spotlight in her latest documentary ‘Winnie,’ which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
“I just think it was too much power to have as a couple.” The trailer introduces us to Winnie Mandela, who while her husband was in jail for 27 years, fought on the front line and took steps to inspire an uprising. Supremely controversial, Winnie is routinely represented as victim turned perpetrator. Her repeated demonization in the media has been amplified abroad to such a degree that the passionate respect she elicits among those who still struggle in South Africa, seems a paradox. And that’s what intrigues us. How did this occur and more importantly, to what ends?
On April 2, 2018, anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela died at the age of 81.
Source: YouTube, IMDb, https://www.winniedocumentary.com/the-film/