Mini-series to celebrate Madiba

2018-07-24 06:00

PRODUCER Anant Singh recently announced that a four-part mini-series of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, created to commemorate the Centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, will be broadcast on DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel between July 18 and July 22.

Singh also announced the Mandela Documentary Collection, produced by himself and which includes Beyond Long Walk To Freedom, Countdown To Freedom, Prisoners Of Hope, A Hero For All and Viva Madiba, will also be broadcast on the Tribute pop-up channel over the same period.

The mini-series stars multiple award-winning actor Idris Elba; award-winning actresses Naomie Harris; and Terry Pheto; Tony Kgoroge; Riaad Moosa; Lindiwe Matshikiza; Atandwa Kani; Jamie Bartlett and Deon Lotz, and is produced by Singh.

The mini-series, comprising four one-hour-long episodes, tells the Madiba story in a more detailed manner — his childhood ; adapting to life in the big city of Johannesburg; becoming politicised, then incarcerated for almost three decades and ultimately becoming President of a democratic South Africa.

The Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom mini-series is an inspirational story of struggle, sacrifice, hope and triumph, and serves to broaden and deepen knowledge about Madiba and his lifelong commitment to freedom and democracy in South Africa, and complements the theme of the Mandela Centenary Commemoration, Be The Legacy.

Commenting on the creation of the mini-series, Singh said,

“During the production, we shot an enormous amount of footage that was not used in the feature film due to time limitations, and decided to create the mini-series.

“We are very pleased that this enables us to tell the complete Madiba story, as it includes scenes of his childhood in the Transkei; being sent to live with the Tembu Regent, Jongintaba; his move to Johannesburg and experiencing the vibrancy of Sophia Town and its destruction; his internship with the Johannesburg law firm, Witkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman; and many other watershed moments in his life. We are thrilled to share our vision of a four-part mini-series of Madiba’s journey with South African audiences as we celebrate his 100th birthday.”

Singh’s Mandela Documentary Collection covers the period beginning shortly before South Africa’s first democratic elections to his passing in December 2013.

Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO for General Entertainment, said: “This is a very special five-day pop-up channel to honour and celebrate the extraordinary life and legacy of the global icon Nelson Mandela; a man whose life-long commitment to justice and freedom shaped the world.

“We pride ourselves in only acquiring the very best content and couldn’t have asked for a better line-up.

Thank you to world-renowned Videovision Entertainment for their contribution.”

DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel can be found at Channel 199 on the DStv bouquet. - Supplied

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