TV guide: Celebrating Madiba

2010-07-16 08:37

Farrah Francis picks three ­documentaries that celebrate the life and work of Nelson Mandela.

Playing the Enemy

History Channel
Friday, 8.30pm

Hollywood actors Morgan Freeman and Matt ­Damon gave Invictus the star power it needed to become an Oscar-nominated movie. This ­documentary goes beyond the glitz and glamour by interviewing sporting heroes such as Francois Pienaar and Chester Williams about the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Madiba’s role in uniting South Africa through sports.

Back Home: South Africa

Al Jazeera
Sunday, 4pm

The historic Robben Island was declared a high­security prison by the apartheid regime in the 1960s. More than a decade after the end of apartheid, it is a tourist hot spot. This documentary tells the story of three former political prisoners who came back to live and to work on the island in the new, free South Africa. Their walk down memory lane makes for fascinating viewing.

Path to Freedom

Discovery World
Sunday, 1.40pm

This documentary commemorates the story of Madiba through the eyes of the men and women who have been inspired by his legacy. Watch as Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi, recalls how she coped growing up in the absence of her father, and as a former prison guard recalls what it was like to know him. You will witness how Madiba’s legacy has transformed the lives of many people.

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