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Film on defying apartheid rule is festival ‘Extra’

Film on defying apartheid rule is festival ‘Extra’

From “An Act of Defiance”
From “An Act of Defiance”

THE AWARD-WINNING historical drama and political thriller “An Act of Defiance” — about Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of black and Jewish supporters facing a possible death sentence in apartheid South Africa — will be screened on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Cooperman JCC in West Orange.

This Extra feature from JCC MetroWest’s New Jersey Jewish Film Festival takes place in 1963, when 10 activists are charged with conspiracy to commit sabotage in the town of Rivonia. Lawyer Bram Fischer risks all to defend these men — half of them Jewish — while hiding his own ties to the resistance.

Dutch director Jean van de Velde’s powerful courtroom drama, which explores the sacrifices required to stand against injustice, has garnered nine film festival awards.

Tickets cost $15, $13 for seniors, free for festival sponsors.

The 19th annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival will take place March 27-April 7, offering some 30 works — features, documentaries, comedies, and shorts from Israel, America, and other countries — with filmmakers, academics, and clergy leading post-screening discussions.

For tickets or information on becoming a sponsor, visit or contact festival director Sarah Diamond at or 973-530-3417.

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