TV guide: Five ­Heritage Day ­inspired shows

2010-09-10 09:20

Nelson Mandela: Life and Times

To mark the 20th anniversary (February 11 1990) of former president Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the former statesman chooses from the many extraordinary and intimate epiphanies of his life: Whether it’s the first marriage or the decision to face the death penalty. This captivating biography showcases Mandela’s adventures, mishaps, fortunes and inexhaustible resolve.

South Africa: The Land of Hope

Discover how a nation plagued by the wars fought by the Boers, the British and the local people in the 19th century, and the long struggle for equality became the beacon of hope that it is today. The three-part ­special looks at the country as it struggled through the years to become the free nation it is today. The ­documentary will be ­complemented by other programmes on the channel.

Bambatha Uprisings

The story of the Bambatha rebellion is one of resistance, heroism and ultimately of violent colonial ­conquest. This special documentary portrays the ­dramatic events surrounding the 1906 revolt in the then colony of Natal. It exposes the spirit of those who ­began the revolution against apartheid after being faced with escalating levels of oppression.

Pl­aying the Enemy

The Oscar-nominated movie tells the story of how ­Nelson Mandela systematically and strategically used the sport of rugby, and the ­Rugby World Cup, to bring a still-divided nation together. This happened a year after the first democratic elections took place in 1994. Former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar appears as himself in the film.

Skin Deep

This is one of the most moving stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa. Sandra Laing is a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’ little girl. But at the age of 10, Sandra is driven out of white society.

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