Prisoner 46764: the untold legacy of Andrew Mlangeni

Prisoner 46764: the untold legacy of Andrew Mlangeni is a historic documentary about the life and times of Andrew Mokete Mlangeni. Mlangeni was an accused at the Rivonia Trial in October 1963. He and his co-accused went on trial on charges of sabotage against the Apartheid government, they later escaped death for life imprisonment. Mlangeni spent 26 years at Robben Island, living in the cell next to Nelson Mandela.

Prisoner 46764, directed by Lebogang Rasethaba, takes an intimate look at the sacrifices made by those committed to the ideas of justice and equality. Beyond the dominant narratives of Mandela, there were other heroes who made South Africa the miracle that it is today. It tells the tale of the collective effort it takes to create a revolution. It shines a light on those relegated to the margins of history.

The film will have its South African debut at the 4th Annual Jozi Film Festival. The public screening, will be at the Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank Mall on Sunday, 22 February 12:30 – 13:45 and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Prisoner 46764 features interviews by President Jacob Zuma, ex Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Dennis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada, and George Bizos to name a few.

20 years into South Africa’s freedom, as our nation starts to question the true value of democracy, it becomes important to uncover the various role players of our freedom. Prisoner 46764 reflects that it took more than a Mandela to free a nation. Andrew Mlangenis is one of those unsung heroes who gave up everything to fight for freedom. And in the face of death.

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