Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: A Controversial Life

Friday 16th November 2018, Birkbeck Cinema, Birkbeck College


Winnie Conference 1

9.00am Registration

9.30am : Welcome, & Session 1: Winnie Madikizela – Mandela on Film: Reconsidering and Documenting a Controversial Life

  1. Winnie. (Winner of 2017 Sundance Film Festival documentary award). (98 minutes)

(11.00am Coffee available outside the auditorium)

  1. The Real Winnie Mandela, BBC Inside Story series. (67 minutes)

Directors’ discussion, moderated by Dr Jacqueline Maingard, (Reader in Film, School of Arts, University of Bristol) with Pascale Lamche (Director of Winnie) & Nicholas Claxton (Director of The Real Winnie Mandela)

Audience Q&A

1.15 – 2.15 pm Lunch

2.15 pm: Session 2: Roundtable: Winnie Madikizela – Mandela: The Debate Continues

Chair: Martin Plaut (former BBC  World Service Africa Editor and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)


  • Palesa Morudu (writer and publisher)
  • Fred Bridgland, writer and narrator of The Real Winnie Mandela and author of Truth, Lies and Alibis (Tafelberg, 2018)
  • Professor Colin Bundy, (Honorary Fellow, St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Emily Bridger, University of Exeter. (Dissertation: “Winnie Mandela, Militant Motherhood and Female Violence in South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Struggle”, 1985)
  • Dr Elizabeth Williams (Goldsmith College, University of London) and author of The Politics of Race: Black British Solidarity and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (IB Taurus, 2017)

Q & A

4.30pm: Closing Remarks