Attending this event

Dame Janet Suzman, DBE

Dame Janet Suzman has forged a career as one of the most respected stage actresses of her generation, and is the niece of anti-apartheid campaigner Helen Suzman.  Dame Janet is famed for her portrayal of Shakespeare’s most iconic heroines, and her career has also spanned a number of high profile TV dramas and film.  Her role in Nicholas and Alexandra saw her nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.  Marking her great contribution and services to drama, Suzman was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.  At this year’s festival, Dame Janet will introduce Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa.

Films screening at this event

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

Abby Ginzberg
South Africa, USA
84 min

“His story is truly amazing and inspiring.” – The Huffington Post

Winner: 2015 Peabody Award

Winner: Audience Award for Best Documentary – Vancouver South African Film Festival

Winner: Audience Award for Best International Documentary – Encounters Film Festival

A stirring portrait of Albie Sachs, a monumental figure in South Africa’s human rights and anti-apartheid movements. As an indefatigable advocate against apartheid for over 60 years, Sachs was subjected to imprisonment, torture and exile. Eventually returning to his homeland, he became a chief architect of the post-apartheid constitution, a stunning victory after a lifetime of leading the fight. An essential film charting the courage and remarkable achievements of Sachs, and framed by a pivotal era of his country’s history.