Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs And The New South Africa
(84 min) South Africa/US
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Wednesday 10/21, 8:30 PM (Session 15)

Director/Producer: Abby Ginzberg

As the 20th anniversary of democracy is about to be celebrated in South Africa in 2014, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu inspire the world as leaders of a non-violent revolution. Yet without the courage and commitment of people like Albie Sachs, apartheid might still rule South Africa today. Soft Vengeance paints a portrait of this white, Jewish, South African lawyer and later Constitutional Court judge who has dedicated his life to fighting for reconciliation, justice and equality. 

Abby Ginzberg has been producing and directing award-winning documentary films for the last thirty years. Her work has focused on character-driven stories, racial and gender discrimination and social justice issues, and has been shown in film/video festivals and broadcast on public television networks nationally and internationally. Abby is in post-production on Agents of Change: Black Students and the Transformation of the American University. Abby just completed production on a half hour dramatic film entitled, Walk the Walk, which is designed to jump start a conversation about how to confront and overcome the current obstacles to creating a truly diverse workforce within the legal profession. Abby's most recent feature length documentary, Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice has won Accolade and Davey Awards. Abby was consulting producer on The Barber of Birmingham, produced by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday, which was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award. Ginzberg’s recent films include A Tale of Two Cities which won a CINE Golden Eagle award and Opportunity of a Lifetime. Ginzberg has produced numerous award-winning films documenting the successes of programs for at-risk and underserved youth that deserve, but rarely get public attention. These films, whose “stars” include college bound low income students (Vanguard in the Vanguard), graduates of successful drug court programs (Recovering Lives, Uncovering Dreams), and AmeriCorps members (Everyday Heros). Profiling another unsung hero of the legal profession, Ginzberg produced and directed Doing Justice: The Life and Trials of Arthur Kinoy which portrayed civil rights lawyer Kinoy’s landmark cases which began with the Rosenbergs and continued through Watergate. She was selected as a 2008 Gerbode Foundation fellow.

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