The Man Who Drove with Mandela


1h 23m 1998

Brief Synopsis

The story of Cecil Williams, a pioneering political activist in South Africa. Williams was British, but his political engagement was forged in the South Africa of the immediate postwar years. He joined the Springbok Legion, an anti-fascist group that saw blacks as equals, and was also a successful t

Film Details

Also Known As
Man Who Drove Mandela, The, Man Who Drove With Mandela
Release Date
1998

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m

Synopsis

The story of Cecil Williams, a pioneering political activist in South Africa. Williams was British, but his political engagement was forged in the South Africa of the immediate postwar years. He joined the Springbok Legion, an anti-fascist group that saw blacks as equals, and was also a successful theatrical producer. In that context, he advanced public awareness of both black and gay rights as a high-profile gay liberal who worked with black and white actors. By the beginnings of repression in the 1950s, Williams had already been imprisoned for his activism, when he helped to smuggle Nelson Mandela back into South Africa by posing as his driver. Although he survived this risk, he was put under house arrest, and eventually escaped back to Britain.

Film Details

Also Known As
Man Who Drove Mandela, The, Man Who Drove With Mandela
Release Date
1998

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States August 1998

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States June 1999

Released in United States July 1999

Released in United States 2000

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Imagining Reality) August 16-30, 1998.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Documentaries: Truth with an Attitude) May 13 - June 6, 1999.

Shown at San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 17-27, 1999.

Shown at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York City (Walter Reade) June 11-24, 1999.

Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 3-13, 1999.

Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 1-6, 1999.

Shown at OUTFEST '99: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival July 8-19, 1999.

Broadcast in USA over WNET October 17, 1999.

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States August 1998 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Imagining Reality) August 16-30, 1998.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Documentaries: Truth with an Attitude) May 13 - June 6, 1999.)

Released in United States June 1999 (Shown at San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 17-27, 1999.)

Released in United States June 1999 (Shown at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York City (Walter Reade) June 11-24, 1999.)

Released in United States June 1999 (Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 3-13, 1999.)

Released in United States June 1999 (Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 1-6, 1999.)

Released in United States July 1999 (Shown at OUTFEST '99: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival July 8-19, 1999.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown in Los Angeles (Laemmles's Sunset 5) as part of program "Documentary Days 2000" February 26 - April 9, 2000.)