Tutu plays tour guide in new show about South Africa

2010-05-29 00:00

ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu plays the role of tour guide and narrator in a new television series about South Africa scheduled for international release to coincide with the World Cup.

The South African Story with Archbishop Desmond Tutu was filmed between January and April 2010 and took Tutu from the banks of the Limpopo River, to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and from the house where Winnie Mandela was banished in Brandfort in the Free State to the top of Table Mountain.

And while the high-definition cinematography showcases the natural beauty of South Africa,the show concentrates on the human factor — the stories of the people who live in these places.

The story is told in nine 30-minute episodes, one for each province. A 10th 60-minute episode brings the provinces together in a single programme.

The series was produced in Cape Town by veteran journalists Roger Friedman and Benny Gool, with a former activist and diplomat, now businessman, Barend Hendricks, and a United States financier.

During the series, Tutu visits Pietermaritzburg and the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, whom he descibes as “a South African pathfinder, a leader and a teacher”.

“With his passive resistance, he set an example that many of us tried to emulate over the next 100 years of our struggle for equal rights, non-violent change, tolerance and love,” Tutu says.

The South African Story is being distributed worldwide by Imagina TV in Madrid, Spain and re:think Entertainment Inc. in Canada.

To check out the title sequence, log on to www.youtube.com/watch?v=qknVxNEt2Ho 

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