Otherfield are proud to be showing Pascale’s powerful bio-documentary of the much defamed Winnie Mandela. From its opening sequences, that interweave archive footage with shots of contemporary Johannesburg, we sense, with an excited anticipation, that we will be entering an unresolved historical space that tackles the racism, injustice and poverty that marked Apartheid South Africa. Yet, by telling Winnie Mandela’s story, the story of a feminist and communist, we are also witness to the many layered resistance struggle of the African National Congress and its supporters. So, just as Pascale’s film manages to firmly set its biographical account of Winnie Mandela within the complicated and unjust political situation in which she was entwined, it does not shy away from these complications, which extend to her relationship with Nelson Mandela, the activities of the state secret services, the rifts inside the ANC and the hypocrisies of the ‘reconciliation’ period.  One gets the feeling when watching this film that a biased historical record is being adjusted and that Winnie Mandela puts as much relieving sincerity into her account as she did into her life time of advocating for the downtrodden.


Pascale Lamche interview: