by Pascale Lamche
Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace, bears the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time, this film pieces together and properly considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from those who were closest to her and with testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.
France, Netherlands, South Africa
Director: Pascale Lamche
Producer: Christoph Jörg – Pumpernickel Films
Cinematographers: Olivier Raffet, Felix Meyburgh, Nic Hofmeyr
Editors: Giles Gardner, Paul De Heer
Co-producers: Femke Wolting – Submarine, Bruno Felix – Submarine, Steven Markovitz – Big World Cinema, Iikka Vehkalahti – IV Films
Executive Producers: Eric Tavitian, Tim Belda, Tanaz Eshaghian
DIRECTOR - PASCALE LAMCHE
Pascale Lamche is a French–South African filmmaker. She is known as the director of several critically acclaimed film including Stalingrad, Black Diamond, Pakistan Zindabad, French Beauty, Accused #1: Nelson Mandela, Sophiatown and Winnie. Apart from filmmaking, she is also a producer, writer and cinematographer.
She obtained a first-class Honours B.A degree in Modern History from the University of Sussex and the Sorbonne. Then she started film career in London at the independent film center, Cinema Action, and worked for The European Script Fund in 1989. However, she later moved to Paris to establish ICONE, a venture for co-producing film and television. She had the chance to work in London and Paris as an independent producer and director. She accompany with production company Little Bird to make documentaries. Then she joined to 'La Cie Phares et Balises' and became the Director of International Co-Productions for Cameras Continentales.
Lamche made films with Alexander McQueen and for the Gucci group for produce several fashion advertisements. She also made feature documentaries and series both as a writer-producer and writer-director for many international broadcasters. She joined with many television serials as the producer for projects such as Bookmark, Great Performances, L'art et la manière. In 2003, she directed her maiden film Sophiatown, which gained critical acclaim.
SUNDANCE 2017 - WORLD DOCUMENTARY DIRECTING AWARD〡HOT DOCS 2017 - SPECIAL JURY PRIZE〡SHEFFIELD DOC FEST 2017〡JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL 2017〡ENCOUNTERS 2017〡DOCLISBOA 2017〡SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017〡BIOGRAFILM 2017〡SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2017〡MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017〡VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017〡WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL 2017
"There may be no life in South African politics more narratively riveting than that of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Her ex-husband Nelson may have the more grandly heroic arc, having endured 27 years in captivity to bring democracy to his nation, but her parallel story — one that includes triumph, disgrace and exile, the worshipful embrace of one population sector and the moral disgust of another, complete with a still-disputed murder mystery — is the stuff of true cinema."
"Lamache’s efforts to unravel not only the tale at hand but also the reasoning behind the many conflicting views surrounding her subject — and the ripples both leave in the country today — are deftly handled."
- Screen International
"Worth seeing for the sheer force of Winnie's charimsa."
- Eye for Film
"Pascale Lamche, a French director and true investigator, did her due diligence to vindicate Winnie Mandela in her documentary Winnie."
- Matador Network