9th HRDFF – Screening of “The State Against Mandela and the Others”

Screening at Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema

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The 9th Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 


Amnesty International Hong Kong has been organising the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (HRDFF) since 2011. It was the first human rights-themed documentary film festival in Hong Kong and aims to inform the public about different human rights issues and to stimulate reflection and discussion. HRDFF has so far screened 79 documentaries and held 139 screenings, attracting an audience of more than 11,000. In order to allow different people to participate, the Festival offers free community screenings, as well as Chinese accessible captions, Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong Sign Interpretation services.  


Entering the ninth year, the theme of this year’s HRDFF is "I Xpress". Through the documentaries, the audience will learn about the pursuit of freedom of expression from different people around the world and explore the boundaries and restrictions of such freedom. We hope this journey of light and shadow will inspire you to join us in defending rights and freedoms. 




The State Against Mandela and the Others 

Directors: Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte 

2018/ 102 minutes 

English & French | English & Chinese subtitles 

Hong Kong Premiere 


In a nine-month historic trial in 1963, Mandela and his comrades were sentenced to life imprisonment. 


The people on trial and their families listened to some of the 256 hours of audio records of the trials at that time. The proud smiles seem to be telling the world that they had no regrets about their past deeds. 


With animation, archival records and interviews with current survivors, the film moves back and forth between past and present, concisely and calmly picturing the democratizing of South Africa over the past 50 years. From different angles and perspectives, it elaborates on the adherence of Mandela's comrades and their families to freedom, conviction, human rights, love, responsibility, and how these beliefs are integrated with history and the individuals themselves. 


This film was selected to be shown in the special screenings section of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. 


Date & Time: 19:30, 30/9 (Mon) 

Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema (Level UB, Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) 

Free seating


Event organiser: Amnesty International Hong Kong Section Human Rights Education Charitable Trust