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Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa
Documentary Film Screening, Talk, and Reception with Judge Albie Sachs and Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg
September 11, 2014
Albie Sachs: anti-apartheid activist, lawyer, and South African Constitutional Court Judge. Imprisoned, tortured, exiled, blown up by a car bomb…and still he fought for justice and reconciliation.
As a young man, Albie Sachs defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation and forced into exile. In 1988 he was blown up by a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique, which cost him his right arm and the sight of one eye, but miraculously he survived and eventually recovered. Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Sachs helped write the groundbreaking new constitution and was appointed by President Mandela as one of the first eleven judges of the new Constitutional Court.
When: Thursday September 11, 2014, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30)
Where: Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center, Brandeis University
At this time the event is sold out; however, we expect some last minute seats will become available. Waiting list begins at 6 pm. Doors open at 6:30. Unclaimed seats will be given away ten minutes before the event begins.
Brandeis faculty, staff, students, BOLLI members, alumni & BNC: Free
Tickets go on sale August 11.
Free tickets are available for Brandeis community members starting August 28.
Unclaimed seats will be given away 10 minutes before the event begins (first-come, first-served).
Visit brandeis.edu/tickets or call 781-736-3400.
Judge Albie Sachs has a long history in human rights activism in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation and forced into exile. In 1988 he was blown up by a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique, which cost him his right arm and the sight of one eye. Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Sachs helped write the new constitution and was appointed by President Mandela as one of the first eleven judges to the new Constitutional Court. For the past seventeen years the Court has been working to insure that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection. He continues to write, speak, and teach around the world, sharing the South African experience of healing a divided society.
Abby Ginzberg has been producing and directing award-winning documentary films since 1983. Her work has focused on character-driven stories, racial and gender discrimination and social justice issues, and has been shown in film/video festivals and broadcast on public television networks nationally and internationally. Her award-winning films include Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice, and Soul Of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey. Ginzberg’s interest in justice and her efforts to shine a spotlight on important legal themes stem from her previous career as an attorney. After practicing law for a decade she switched careers and has produced over thirty films. She has captured the stories of trailblazing women and minority judges, and more than ten films of her films are about discrimination in the legal profession.
Sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; the National Center for Jewish Film; and the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice.