DFA members Jane Thandi Lipman, Executive Producer and Co-Director with Peter Goldsmid and others, been sharing the fine rough-cut of the 90 minute documentary about the late George Bizos: George Bizos: Icon. It won Best of the Fest at the Encounters Film Festival in July this year and received very positive feedback at limited work-in-progress screenings in Athens and Costellorizo in August in Greece. It screened In London September 5 at South Africa House to an exclusive audience of 120 people , including anti-apartheid activist Lord Peter Hain.
The film will screen on M-Net and Showmax in 2023, but you can join an exclusive private screening on 3 November at the Killarney Cinecentre in Johannesburg. Tickets from www.cinecentre.com and are R200 per person.
The following is the synopsis: A teenage Greek refugee becomes a relentless human rights lawyer in the crucible of a violent racist regime. He defends famous revolutionaries including Nelson Mandela, in the brutal search for the truth within a dramatic political chess game. A champion of Constitutionalism in South Africa, George Bizos was key in its creation. With populism on the rise this film follows him through his life, mentoring others who continue the battle, speaking truth to power, advocating legal rights for the poor, and holding perpetrators of violence and corruption to account. The film juxtaposes the personal and political sides of George’s life. It uses never-before seen archive of George Bizos in action over decades. Further, the film weaves together his family’s archive, with contemporary interviews with notables, colleagues, and family members.