Win­nie film wins Sun­dance award

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THE Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val an­nounced at the week­end that Pas­cale Lam­che won Best Di­rec­tor: World Cin­ema Doc­u­men­tary Com­pe­ti­tion for Win­nie, her film about South African po­lit­i­cal icon Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela.

Ac­cept­ing the award, Lam­che said her film was for those “who know that his­tory was not made by great men”.

“Madik­ize­laMan­dela re­mains one of the most mis­un­der­stood and in­trigu­ingly pow­er­ful fe­male fig­ures in con­tem­po­rary pol­i­tics. Her rise and seem­ing fall from grace bear the hall­marks of epic tragedy.

“While her hus­band served a life sen­tence, para­dox­i­cally kept safe and morally un­con­tam­i­nated, Madik­ize­laMan­dela rode the raw vi­o­lence of apartheid, fight­ing on the front line and un­der­ground.

“This is the un­told story of the mys­te­ri­ous forces that com­bined to take her down, la­belling him a saint, her a sin­ner,” said the film’s co-pro­ducer, Steven Markovitz, of Big World Cin­ema.

Lam­che gained un­prece­dented ac­cess to Madik­izela-Man­dela in mak­ing the doc­u­men­tary.

“We are thrilled that the doc­u­men­tary has been recog­nised at one of the most im­por­tant film fes­ti­vals in the world,” said Markovitz.

“It’s par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant as it un­cov­ers an al­ter­na­tive nar­ra­tive of Win­nie Man­dela to the main­stream me­dia’s ver­sion. It is, how­ever, sad­den­ing that we have not yet had con­firmed fi­nan­cial sup­port from South Africa for the doc­u­men­tary.

“Most of the ar­chive is owned out­side of South Africa. It’s a huge deficit we are still try­ing to cover. We hope there will be more sup­port for our film and other South African films on im­por­tant sub­jects like this one.” – Staff Re­porter

Win­nie Madik­izela- Man­dela

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