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Not her master's voice

Winnie
Regissør: Pascale Lamche
(Frankrike/Nederland/Sør-Afrika/Finland)

Supported by archival footage and comments from her followers, Winnie is also Madikizela-Mandela's own story, told by herself in interviews with the filmmaker.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

Whether a documentary is committed to presenting its subject and factual material in an objective and balanced way, or whether it can take the liberty of being one-sided and subjective, seems to be a very relevant question in the context of the French filmmaker Pascale Lamche's new film, Winnie. There is hardly any new issue when it comes to today's documentary, when "objectivity" and "balance" have been the subject of criticism for decades – but still, in the case of Lamche's new film, the answer may not be that simple.

The responsibility of a filmmaker. Pascale Lamche, who previously made two documentaries on complementary topics, for example Sophia Town og Accused #1: Nelson Mandela, has hardly any ambitions of being a fly on the wall. The story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African activist and politician who was married to Nelson Mandela for almost 40 years, is the story of a woman who was condemned for her radical role in the liberation of her South African people during apartheid; about a woman who must break through patriarchal norms to inspire rebellion and the struggle for racial equality; and about a woman who has ultimately been loved by the South African people and demonized by the media both in her home country and globally. This is also her own story, told by herself in interviews with the filmmaker over two years, and supported by archive footage and comments from her admirers and supporters. So perhaps the question may just as well be: What is the documentary filmmaker's responsibility to those viewers who may not be aware of such things as accusing Madikizela-Mandela of criminal acts – including those who hold her directly and indirectly responsible for murder, torture, abduction and attacks on numerous men, women and children, in addition to corruption, fraud and theft, for which she was sentenced to prison?

Privileged impartiality. That Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a controversial figure is the least that can be said about her, and Winnie does not shy away from this fact, although the controversial in Pascal Lamche's portrait of her. . .

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