• BY Pascale Lamche | IN Civil Rights
    Premiered February 5, 2018

About the Film

Most globally known as the wife of Nelson Mandela, the overshadowed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing of contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace in South Africa bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time on screen, Winnie explores her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from Winnie herself, those who were closest to her and the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things. MORE

Working chronologically through influential events and important memories, along with interviews with Winnie herself, as well as her daughter Zindzi, biographers, journalists, lawyers, police and other involved parties among her family, allies and opponents alike, coupled with rare and striking archival clips, the film shows the multi-layered journey that Winnie went on for her personal and societal freedom.

The Filmmaker

Pascale Lamche began countering prevailing narratives as a young woman, at Cinema Action, in London. She built a career thereafter at the European Script Fund and then in Paris, first in a venture set up with partners Miramax and the literary agency Peters Fraser and Dunlop, to develop international co-productions, then in a variety of production companies, returning eventually to London to produce much of her documentary work through the film production company, Little Bird. She is a multi-award winning filmmaker who has made feature documentaries and series, both as a writer/producer, and producer/director for key broadcasters internationally and for theatrical release. Her films have premiered at international film festivals the world over. Her deep engagement with South Africa began in 2000, with the film Life and Death in Soweto and continued through the subsequent films, Sophiatown and Accused No1: Nelson Mandela. She is currently working on a fifth in a cycle of films about apartheid that takes the story over to the United States. LESS

Film Credits

Written and Directed by
Pascale Lamche

Christoph Jörg

Directors of Photography
Olivier Raffet
Felix Meyburgh

Giles Gardner

Additional Editing
Paul de Heer

Tebogo Rangwaga
Sean Obadia
Abraham Rapelwana
Phuthi Thabane
Mika Ylipekka

Original Music
Daniël Hamburger

Archive Research
Willemien Ruys
Gail Behrmann

De Wet Potgieter

Executive Producer
Tanaz Eshaghian

Associate Producers
Eric Tavitian
Tim Belda
Ann Guedes

Line Producer
Janneke van de Kerkhof

Additional Line Producers
Ethel Williams-Abrahamse
Juha Löppönen
Tamsin Ranger

Post Production Managers
Bart van den Broek
Anne Blom
Sasja Opdam
Ashleigh da Silva

Sound Design & Mix
Huibert Boon
Niels Koopman

Titles & Graphics
Oskar Luyer

Gerhard van der Beek

Africa Media Online
AMO Archive/Paul Weinberg/Gille de Vlieg

AP Archive
Baileys African History Archive
Niël Barnard
Community Video Education Trust – CVET
Corbis/Gideon Mendel
Peter Davis
Margaret Dickinson
Doxa Productions
Gillian Durden
Paul Egan
ITN Source
Kevin Harris Productions
Alf Kumalo
Dr. Peter Magubane
Catherine Meyburgh
Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid
The Nobel Foundation
Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives
Jürgen Schadeberg
Eli Weinberg

Additional Music
“Journey in Satchidananda”
Written by Alice Coltrane
Performed by Alice Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders
Universal/Island Music Ltd.
UMG - The Verve Music Group

Commissioning Editor Madeleine Avramoussis
Head of Production Alexander von Harling
Business Managers Heike Lettau
Claudine Planty

For Submarine
Co-Producers Femke Wolting
Bruno Felix

For Big World Cinema
Producer Steven Markovitz

For IV Film
Co-Producer likka Vehkalahti

Commissioning Editors Margje de Koning
Barbara Wiessing

Commissioning Editors Axel Arnö
Ingemar Persson

For DR
Commissioning Editors Anders Bruus
Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Commissioning Editors Irène Challand
Gaspard Lamunière

For CBC/Radio-Canada
Commissioning Editors Jean Pelletier
Georges Amar

Commissioning Editor Erkko Lyytinen

Commissioning Editor Viola Salu

Funding Provided by
Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union
The Netherland Film Fund
Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animee - CNC
Blue Ice Group, through the Blue Ice Film Fund
Bertha Foundation

WINNIE is a co-production of Pumpernickel Films, Inc., Submarine, ARTE G.E.I.E, IV Films and Big World Cinema, in association with IKON, SVT, DR, RTS, CBC/Radio-Canada, YLE and ERR.

This program was produced by Pumpernickel Films, Submarine, ARTE G.E.I.E, and Big World Cinema which are solely responsible for its content.

© 2017 Pumpernickel Films, Submarine, ARTE G.E.I.E, IV Films and Big World Cinema.

How much did you know about Winnie Mandela and her struggle before seeing this film? Did apartheid affect you or anyone you know? What lessons from her experience as a woman politician in a man's world do you think we could glean in America?


  • Sundance Film Festival
    Directing Award - World Cinema Documentary
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How much did you know about Winnie Mandela and her struggle before seeing this film? Did apartheid affect you or anyone you know? What lessons from her experience as a woman politician in a man's world do you think we could glean in America?