ACT OF DEFIANCE
I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” – Nelson Mandela’s impassioned speech to the prosecutor of “The Rivonia Trial.”
It’s 1963 and apartheid is rampant in South Africa. When ten men are arrested on a farm in Rivonia for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive South African government, tenacious lawyer Bram Fisher steps up to the challenge as lead counsel.
Putting his own life and that of his wife and children in jeopardy, Bram becomes the man who succeeds in preventing the prosecution of sending Nelson Mandela and the other accused to the gallows.