The State Against Mandela and the Others

Kaboom Animation Festival

There were no cameras in court when Nelson Mandela and nine other defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, but sound recordings were made throughout the trial. Directors Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte recognized the potential of these 256 hours of audio, and used them to create a vivid reflection on the apartheid era. The cross-examinations are illustrated by animation in gray, sometimes abstract charcoal sketches, and accompanied by interviews with the people who were directly involved. Wearing headphones, they relive the notorious Rivonia Trial.

OV with English Subtitles