Life is Wonderful - Mandela's Unsung Heroes

Discover the story behind the infamous Rivonia Trial, where Mandela and his co-defendants fought for the freedom of South Africa, in this new film.

Directed by former high court judge Sir Nick Stadlen, the film follows the 10 leading opponents of apartheid and their lawyers and supporters through the trial. It is an inspiring story of immense courage and self-sacrifice on the part of a small group of multiracial idealists.

Though the defendants were saved from the death penalty, eight of the ten were sentenced to life imprisonment, Mandela among them. When Mandela was released 27 years later, he had a vision of multiracial democracy for South Africa.

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Royal Festival Hall
Foyle Pavilion, Level 3, Blue Side


Free, but ticketed

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Event information
Duration: 90 minutes.
Screenings on Friday 27 July: 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm
Screenings on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July: 11am, 2pm and 4pm daily

There will be a post-show Q&A with director Sir Nick Stadlen on Saturday 28 July after the 11am screening and on Sunday 29 July after the 2pm screening.