Culture VR - Accused #2: Walter Sisulu

Accused #2: Walter Sisulu


Accused #2: Walter Sisulu transcribes 256 hours of recordings of the Rivonia trial revive the political
fight of Mandela and 7 coaccused against apartheid.

The film focuses on accused N°2, Walter Sisulu.

« Mandela would, without fail, seek out Sisulu before making any kind of big decision. » It was an open secret among Mandela’s comrades in the struggle. Without Walter Sisulu, there wouldn’t have been Nelson Mandela. Sisulu was the one who found Mandela.

Sisulu was his guide. Sisulu was his mentor. The world came to know about Sisulu duringthe Rivonia trial in1963 and 1964. Mandela, accused number one, read a speech during the trial justifying why the ANC had resorted to violence.

Sisulu, accused number two, was the first of the group to be cross-examined. The sound archives of the trial – which have recently been restored by the INA – allow us to relive the five days of his gripping confrontation with an overtly racistprosecutor.

Sisulu, who faced the death penalty, stood up to the unrelenting aggression and gave as good as he got.



This film is part of the VR Selection of the Institut français, which offers members of France’s overseas cultural network (the cultural services of French embassies, Instituts français and Alliances Françaises) a selection of French virtual reality contents for non-commercial use, within their venues or those of their partners.



  • Directed by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte
  • Production : La Générale de production
  • Compatibility : Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive (optimized for Oculus Go or HTC Vive)


Animafest Zagreb

New Media Film Festival

Virtual Worlds

Festival national du film d'animation


Passive 360° video

Description : The easiest format to set up and exhibit.

Platform compatibilty : Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, others

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