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The Man Who Drove With Mandela (Institutional Use)

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In 1962, at the height of oppression in apartheid South Africa, a gay white theatre director named Cecil Williams was arrested with Nelson Mandela. The world knows what happened to Nelson Mandela - but who is Cecil Williams?

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Joseph Bale, Adriaan Bassier
Runtime:
56 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Greta Schiller
Starring Joseph Bale, Adriaan Bassier
Supporting actors Ashley Brownlee, Gavin Haward, Corin Redgrave, Clinton Smith, Robert Tsiesi, Riaan Velloen, Robert Whitehead, Cecil Williams
Studio Jezebel Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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By Fannin Christopher on January 6, 2009
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The South African Constitution has been justifiably lauded as one of the best examples of a modern liberal constitution, with not only minority rights entrenched therein, but also gay rights. When one looks at the lack of tolerance of gays on most of the African continent, notably just north of South Africa in Zimbabwe, then the importance of this film cannot be over-estimated. It might not suit some of those in power now in South Africa, but gays are a part of South African life, have always been a part of South African life and always will be a part of the rainbow nation. The film is also very well made and quite amusing.

Chris Fannin, Switzerland, former president of the Anti-Apartheid movement, Switzerland
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A little known part of an important historical event, the capture of Nelson Mandela. For those who have a connection with Johannesburg around that time, the news reels and coverage of what the city was like, is most interesting -- for example the visit of the King and Queen to provide support for Jan Smuts in upcoming elections, which in fact he lost to the National Party.
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This stirring, innovative docu-drama draws upon interviews, film footage, photographs, and a compelling performance by Corin Redgrave to recreate the life of Cecil Williams, a privileged white man who provided cover to Nelson Mandela during Mandela's early years of political activity in South Africa. The film's title refers to Mandela's masquerade as Williams' chauffeur, a ruse to elude surveillance by South African authorities, who were keenly aware of the threat posed by Mandela to white rule. Williams and Mandela were eventually arrested together when they momentarily let down their guard during a road trip. The subsequent, cruel years of prison for Mandela and exile for Williams are . . . history. Cecil Williams was a gay man, and this film also provides a fascinating glimpse into the social underworld the he inhabited under the watchful eye of an increasingly paranoid and authoritarian regime; but he lived his life with authenticity and courage under difficult and uncertain circumstances -- and utterly without regret. We are indebted to all of those who participated in the production of this film, which reminds us that we each have the power to make a life that is "not just good, but good for something." Thank you, Greta Schiller, et al., for bringing cinematographic integrity to a life of integrity.
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I ordered this item as Cecil Williams the subject of the DVD went to school with my mother in law in Cornwall, it was very interesting
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