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An Act of Defiance

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm

In advance - $13
At the door - $15

Maryland Premiere
Netherlands | 2018
Director: Jean van de Velde
English & Afrikaans with English subtitles, 123 min.

In this riveting historical drama, ten political activists, including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters, face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia in 1963. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, while attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently met at the farm where they were arrested. This powerful film captures a dark period in South Africa's recent history, skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller with courtroom intrigue while paying tribute to those who fought to end segregation and corruption in their country.

Special guests: Professor Michael Higginbotham, University of Baltimore School of Law, Professor Peter Danchin, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Winner of the Best Film Award at the UK Jewish Film Festival.

Co-presented with The Associated, University of Baltimore Jewish Law Student Association, The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and The Sobeloff Society

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