GEORGE BIZOS ICON
A teenage refugee from Greece (1927-2020) becomes a relentless human-rights lawyer in the crucible of a violent racist regime in South Africa.
He represents freedom fighters including Mandela, in a political chess game, and a negotiated end to apartheid.
A champion of Constitutionalism in South Africa, George was key in its creation.
With populism on the rise George speaks truth to power, advocating legal rights for the poor, and holding perpetrators of violence and corruption to account, including recent reopened inquests of activists murdered in the apartheid era.
Key in writing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) law he represents families there.
The film juxtaposes the personal and political sides of George’s life showing the tapestry of his life and his motivation in his work.
It uses public and never-before seen archive, his family’s 8mm and still archive, interviewing notables, colleagues, and family, engaging the viewer to the end.
The documentary is presented in collaboration with the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association.
Sreening to be followed by Q&A with producer George Georgiou