The Man Who Drove With Mandela | 1997

Documentary
The story of Cecil Williams, a pioneering political activist in South Africa. Williams was British, but his political engagement was forged in the South Africa of the immediate postwar years. He joined the Springbok ...more

Cast

... Cecil Williams

Actor

... Nelson Mandela

Actor

... Man Entering Flat

Actor

... Basket Carrier

Actor

... White Man on Beach

Actor

... Black Man on Beach

Actor

... Thug

Actor

... Thug

Actor

... Man in Lobby

Actor

Company

Beulah Films

Production Company

Production Company

Department of Arts Culture Science and Technology of South Africa

Production Company

Production Company

Synopsis

The story of Cecil Williams, a pioneering political activist in South Africa. Williams was British, but his political engagement was forged in the South Africa of the immediate postwar years. He joined the Springbok Legion, an anti-fascist group that saw blacks as equals, and was also a successful theatrical producer. In that context, he advanced public awareness of both black and gay rights as a high-profile gay liberal who worked with black and white actors. By the beginnings of repression in the 1950s, Williams had already been imprisoned for his activism, when he helped to smuggle Nelson Mandela back into South Africa by posing as his driver. Although he survived this risk, he was put under house arrest, and eventually escaped back to Britain.

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