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The State Against Nelson Mandela and the others

DIRECTOR : Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte
COUNTRY : France
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 105min

Nu Metro 4, 13 Oct @ 8.30pm | SK Nouveau 5, 17 Oct @ 6pm 


2018 marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. He seized centre stage during a historic trial in 1963 and 1964.But there were eight others who, like him, faced the death sentence. They too were subjected to pitiless cross-examinations. To a man they stood firm and turned the tables on the state: South Africa’s apartheid regime was in the dock. Recently recovered archival recordings of those hearings transport us back into the thick of the courtroom battles.


Durban International Film Festival 2018
Audience Award – Best Film
The State Against Nelson Mandela and the others_Nicolas Champeaux


Nicolas Champeaux is a reporter for Radio France Internationale (RFI) . In 1993, he graduated from high school Jean Macé Rennes before studying journalism and moving to the capital. At RFI, he specializes in the Africa service dealing with themes as diverse as religion in Africa, Islam, Boko Haram in Nigeria and even the intervention of Vladimir Putin in Syria. He is in charge of the daily news Today in France as well as Network Europe. He also collaborates with Radio France Culture. 

The documentary The State Against Mandela and the others, which he co- directs with Gilles Porte, is scheduled for the Special Screenings of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival . This is a first in the cinema for the French journalist. His theme is Nelson Mandela’s nine-month trial in 1963 and 1964, after which he will be sent to jail with five blacks, a white man and an Indian for 26 years. This is one of the most striking trials of the twentieth century, yet never filmed. To realize this project, the two men had to listen to more than 250 hours of archives. These could be restored in 2016. The documentary also incorporates archival footage and even animated passages as well as testimonials from relatives of Mandela. 

The State Against Nelson Mandela and the others_Gilles Porte


Gilles Porte (born 11 May 1965) is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and assistant cameraman. He is a member of société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques (SACD), of société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM) and of l’association française des cinémas d’art et d’essai (AFCAE).
Since 1989, Gilles Porte became an assistant cameraman on the films of Jacques Audiard, Marcel Carné, Raoul Ruiz, Maroun Baghdadi, Patrice Chéreau, Costa-Gavras, and Xavier Durringer, and cinematographer on films of Abbas Fahdel, John Lvoff, Christian Philibert, Xavier Durringer, Olivier Jahan, Pierre Javaux, Jilani Saadi, and others. In 2003 he co-directed with Yolande Moreau his first feature film, Quand la mer monte …, for which they received the 2005 César for best first film and for Best Actress.