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14. May 2018

Ambassador Sizani to Open Mandela Centenary Film Series

On Thursday 17 May 2018 at 19h30, Ambassador Sizani will be opeining will see the opening a Film Series in honour of the 100th Anniversary of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at Berlin's Kino in der Kulturbrauerei! The series is organised by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in cooperation with FuturAfrik. The first film being screened is the very intimate "Mandela - Son of Africa, Father of a Nation".

Made with the full cooperation of Nelson Mandela, this gripping film is the definitive authorised telling of the story of one of the greatest freedom fighters and political leaders of the 20th Century. Set to the ebullient music of the struggle for freedom and guided by Mandela’s own voice, ‘MANDELA, Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation’ captures Mandela’s intimate moments as well as the rallies, triumphs and tragedies that marked his life, taking us from his tribal childhood herding livestock on the veldt to his early adult years as a lawyer in Johannesburg, from his political awakening and lengthy imprisonment to his triumphant release from jail, his moral and political victory over the apartheid regime and his inauguration as the first black President of a new multi-racial democracy in South Africa.

Produced by Jonathan Demme, Edward Saxon and Peter Saraf, ‘MANDELA, Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation’ was directed for Island Pictures by Jo Menell and Angus Gibson and was originally released in 1996. It was executive produced by Chris Blackwell and Dan Genetti. The filmmakers amassed over 200 hours of location footage and interviews over seven months, which was later augmented by over 100 hours of extraordinary archival footage. The film is the only official documentary film biography of Nelson Mandela. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Film in 1997.

“Very rarely is there an opportunity to capture history as it is happening; ‘MANDELA, Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation’ is a profound and extraordinary work that will not only entertain the viewer, but instruct and inspire. I commend the filmmakers who have put this motion picture before us.”
Harry Belafonte

Ambassador Sizani will open the film series together with Harald Wolf (DIE LINKE) and Dagmar Enkelmann (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

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