Winnie

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France | 2017 | 98 minutes | Pascale Lamche

The absorbing life story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who fought on the front lines for South African human rights during her husband’s 27-year imprisonment, comes into focus through abundant archival footage and interviews with both her closest friends and those who hoped to silence her.

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A consistently controversial figure, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, wife of anti-apartheid revolutionary and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, shares her story in Pascale Lamche's revealing documentary. Considered the "mother of the nation," Winnie Mandela became the face of her husband's movement during the 27 years he was imprisoned, staying in direct communication with the African National Congress (ANC) and their armed forces branch. Regularly arrested, and always on the front line with the people of South Africa, Winnie was an inspiration to seek justice and be heard at any cost. Lamche gained interview access to Winnie on four different occasions within two years, gaining personal insight from her and her daughter Zinzi Mandela. Additional interviews with Vic McPherson (Director of STRATCOM operations) and Niël Barnard (Head of National Intelligence Service) show the other side; the people who viewed Winnie Mandela as a dangerous criminal. They discuss the intense surveillance procedures they used to monitor Winnie, even going as far as providing Winnie and Nelson Mandela with a bugged house, in order to provide a sense of normalcy to their lives. Winnie refused to live there with her husband, seeing through it's guise as a home into what it really was: another prison. In Winnie, we learn through interviews and abundant archival footage that hers was a voice of the people that refused to be silenced.

Director Biography

A career documentarian, Pascale Lamche is receiving mass acclaim for Winnie, which won Sundance's Director Award in the World Cinema–Documentary category and a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize.

Sponsored by African Studies Program UW

  • Director: Pascale Lamche
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France, Netherlands, South Africa
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Christof Jörg, Steven Markovitz
  • Cinematographers: Olivier Raffet, Felix Meyburgh
  • Editors: Giles Gardner, Paul De Heer
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2017 (Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary)
  • Filmography: Stalingrad: Plus un pas en Arriere (2015); Black Diamond (2010); Sophiatown (2003)
  • Language: French, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP