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Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

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Soft Vengeance“Soft Vengeance” will be broadcast on the World Channel (WLIW 21 in New York) on the dates and times below. Visit the World Channel site to find your local station.

  • Wednesday, July 20 at 8pm ET
  • Thursday, July 21 at 12am ET, 8am ET and 2pm ET
  • Saturday, July 23 at 2am ET, 10am ET and 4pm ET
  • Tuesday, July 26 at 2am ET, 10am ET and 4pm ET

Soft Vengeance” is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation and forced into exile. In 1988 he was blown up by a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique, which cost him his right arm and the sight of one eye, but miraculously he survived and after a long year of rehabilitation in England, he recovered.

Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write the new Constitution and was then appointed as one of the first 11 judges to the new Constitutional Court, which for the past 20 years has been insuring that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection.

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