Soft Vengeance Screenings Across the US


The documentary film Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, from filmmaker and director Abby Ginzberg, is screening around the US this fall, and we’re pleased to share the details with you. First, here’s a synopsis:

SOFT VENGEANCE is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population.

As a young man, Albie 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 after a long year of rehabilitation in England, he recovered.

Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write the new Constitution and was then appointed as one of the first 11 judges to the new Constitutional Court, which for the past 20 years has been insuring that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection.

Check out the trailer, too. Here are the cities and dates of the upcoming films:

Sunday, October 4
Screening: 5:30 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

Q&A with Albie Sachs, filmmaker Abby Ginzberg, and Chicago-based human rights activist Prexy Nesbitt after the screening.

Sunday, November 15
Screening: Noon
Boston Jewish Film Festival
West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02465
Admission: $13. Buy tickets here by October 23 at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

Discussion with filmmaker Abby Ginzberg (Albie Sachs will not be present); the Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; and Temba Maqubela, Headmaster of the Groton School. Moderated by Adam Strom of the organization, Facing History and Ourselves.

Friday, November 20
Screening: 6 p.m.
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Discussion with Albie Sachs and filmmaker Abby Ginzberg. Moderated by President and CEO of the Newseum, Jeffrey Herbst after the screening. Reception to follow.

Saturday, November 21
Screening: 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
The Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Q&A with Albie Sachs and filmmaker Abby Ginzberg after the screening.

Monday, November 23
Screening: 7 p.m.
Crest Theatre
1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Q&A with Albie Sachs and filmmaker Abby Ginzberg after the screening.

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