Winnie wins Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival
10 February 2017
The Sundance Film Festival (USA) announced this weekend that Pascale Lamche won Best Director: 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. While her husband served a life sentence, paradoxically kept safe and morally uncontaminated, Madikizela-Mandela rode the raw violence of apartheid, fighting on the front line and underground. This is the untold story of the mysterious forces that combined to take her down, labeling him a saint, her, a sinner.
Lamche gained unprecedented access to Madikizela-Mandelain making this documentary, which wasco-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 recognized 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.”