Accused #2 Walter Sisulu | Digital productions ARTE

Accused #2 Walter Sisulu

The world discovered Sisulu during the Rivonia trial, which took place in 1963 and 1964. Mandela, accused number 1, read a speech to justify the use of armed struggle. Sisulu, accused number 2, was the first to be interrogated. The sound archives of the trial, recently unearthed by the INA, allow us to relive the five days of his moving face to face with a dreadful, racist and zealous prosecutor. Sisulu, while risking the death penalty, fights back. Immerse yourself in the closed doors of the hearings and the violence of apartheid, discover the testimony of an exceptional character at a key moment in the history of the 20th century.

Thanks to Oerd Van Cuijlenborg’s illustrations and a spatialized sound, this 360° video immerses the spectator at the core of the Rivonia trial. The defendants will turn their 9 months hearings into a political platform against apartheid. Their defense, the search for acquittal or a light sentence are absolutely not a priority in their eyes. They want to take advantage of the presence of…

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Technical Info & Short Credits

A film by
Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte
Animation director
Artistic and technical director
Michaël Bolufer
Original music by
Aurélien Godderis-Chouzenoux
Animation by
Oerd van Cuijlenborg, David Devaux, Matthieu Gueritte, Mathieu Ratier
Sound editor
Florent Denizot
Sound design – spatialized sound – Radio France
Hervé Déjardin
La Générale de Production
La Générale de Production, ARTE France, Radio France, Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA), UFO Production, Rouge International

Nominations and awards

  • SATIS Expo 360 Film Festival 2019
  • Virtuality XR Awards 2019
  • Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival 2019BEST DIGITAL NARRATIVE AWARD NOMINEE
  • New Media Film Festival 2019BEST VR-360