Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa
The documentary Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, directed by Abby Ginzberg, tells the story of one of the most compelling leaders in South Africa’s freedom struggle. In April 2014, Project& collaborated on an advanced screening preview of the documentary, the first anywhere outside of South Africa, and a moderated conversation in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Albie Sachs came of age within the society of disempowerment and slavery that was Apartheid South Africa. He joined the anti-Apartheid movement as a teenager and, as a young lawyer, fought for the equality of all South Africans—which resulted in his imprisonment in Cape Town, where he was forced to endure solitary confinement and other forms of torture. Upon his release, he went into exile and continued his work to end the Apartheid regime. That work was famously and momentarily paused by his near assassination from a bomb attack, which claimed Sachs’ right arm and some of his sight. Rejecting the call for retaliation, Albie committed his life to seeking “soft-vengeance”: the fight for equality and justice for all.
Project& continues to collaborate on supporting the impact and reach of the film and works to assist with travelling the film to various national and international festivals, and create engaging and interactive programming to accompany the piece.