Winnie wins Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival
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Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:25

The Sundance Film Festival (USA) announced this weekend that Pascale Lamche won Best Director in the World Cinema Documentary Competition for Winnie, her film about the South African political icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Accepting the award, Lamche said her film was for those “who know history was not made by great men.”

Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful female figures in contemporary politics. Her rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. This is the untold story of the mysterious forces that combined to take her down.

i Lamche gained unprecedented access to Madikizela-Mandela making this documentary, which was co-produced by Paris-based production company Pumpernickel Films, Amsterdam-based Submarine, Cape Town-based production company Big World Cinema and IV Films in Finland.

Lamche has worked extensively in South Africa on films such as Sophiatown (2003), Accused #1: Nelson Mandela (2004) and Black Diamond (2010).

“We are thrilled that the documentary has been recognised at one of the most important film festivals in the world,” says co-producer Steven Markovitz of Big World Cinema. “It’s particularly significant because the documentary uncovers an alternative narrative of Winnie Mandela to the mainstream media’s version. It is, however, saddening that we have not yet had confirmed financial support from South Africa for the documentary. Most of the archive is owned outside of South Africa and it is a huge deficit we are still trying to cover. Going forwards, we hope that there will be more support for our film and other South African films on important subjects like this one.”

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