Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Winnie

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Winnie

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Winnie (2017), dir. Pascale Lamche

The South African Truth & Reconciliation Commission was designed to help South Africa heal after years of a brutal apartheid. Some reparations were made to injured victims, but some amnesty was given to perpetrators of harm. The idea was that forgiveness was better than vengeance in bringing about much needed healing.

This film is a biography of Winnie Mandela, billed as a more accurate account of her contributions to the struggle for freedom and human rights in South Africa. The movie suggests that Winnie's contributions have been underappreciated. It also suggests, often in Winnie's own words, that she was badly treated by the TRC; indeed, it suggests that Winnie should never have been brought before them at all for her actions. Some people, however, have felt that she was treated too lightly and that justice is as important to the healing process as forgiveness. …

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