AfricAvenir presents Namibian Premiere of «Nelson Mandela:The Myth & Me»
AfricAvenir presents the Namibian Premiere of the documentary “Nelson Mandela: The Myth and me”, directed by Khalo Matabane, 2013, on 29 August, 19h00, in Windhoek.
“Nelson Mandela: The Myth and me” is a powerful documentary by one of South Africa's leading film directors, a personal journey and a soul searching mission on the status quo of South Africa, 20 years after the end of Apartheid. Matabane reflects on the promises, the achievements, hopes and trashed dreams mirrored in the daily realities of South Africans.
When: 29. August, 19h00
Where: Goethe Centre Windhoek, Fidel Castro Ave, Windhoek
Entrance: 30,- N$
The screening is supported by Africiné Critics and FNB Foundation. Chairperson of the FNB Foundation, Jane Katjavivi, will hand-over a cheque to AfricAvenir to support our film series “African Perspectives”.
About the movie
The film features Wole Soyinka, Nuruddin Farah, Ronnie Kasrils, Dalai Lama, Colin Powell, Joachim Gauck, Albie Sachs, Henry A. Kissinger and many more...
Nelson Mandela’s message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation still inspires people worldwide. Almost 20 years ago, in 1994, he became the first president of a democratic South Africa - a historical step, the end of Apartheid. Alike many other young South Africans, director Khalo Matabane considered Nelson Mandela his childhood hero. Strong and determined to fight the enemy, that is how Matabane imagined him. At that time, Mandela was still imprisoned. Once he was released and became a respected political actor, Matabane was surprised and maybe a little disappointed by Mandela’s attitude.
Where was the anger? Instead of revenge, Mandela asks forgiveness – even for the perpetrators of the apartheid regime. In a personal letter to Nelson Mandela, Khalo Matabane confronts his childhood hero with some important questions, which he has been asking himself for many years.
To Khalo Matabane, today’s South Africa can be described as a time bomb, ready to explode any minute. He says: “Tata Mandela, we are one of the most unequal societies in the world people are impatient they can’t wait any longer. Our people feel that change is slow and the system favours the powerful and the wealth. There are protests everywhere, people demand change everywhere, and people demand freedom, real freedom everywhere.
This is a powerful documenatary by one of South Africa's leading film directors, a personal journey and a soul searching mission on the status quo of South Africa 20 years after the end of Apartheid. Matabane reflects on the promises, the achievements, hopes and trashed dreams mirrored in the daily realities of South Africans.
The film features:
Wole Soyinka Nigerian Writer
Nuruddin Farah Somalian Writer
Ronnie Kasrils Minister of Intelligence Services (2004-2008)
Dalai Lama Retired Tibetan Political Leader in Exile
Colin Powell Former United States Secretary of State, 2001-2005
Joachim Gauck President of Germany
Albie Sachs Former Constitutional Court Judge, 1994 - 2009
Dr Henry A. Kissinger Former Secretary Of State & Security advisor, 1973 – 1977
Greg Marinovich South African Photojournalist
Zubeida Jaffer South African Journalist and Anti-Apartheid Activist
Binyavanga Wainaina Kenian Journalist & Writer
Elia Suleiman Palestine Film Maker
Prof Pumla Gqola Feminist and Professor for African Literature
Peter Hain Former Cabinet Minister in Tony Blair’s Government
Selina Williams Sister of an Apartheid-Victim
John Carlin British Writer & Journalist
Prof Adam Habib Vice-Chancellor, Witswatersrand University
Patrick Chamoiseau French Writer
Nkwame Cedile South African Activist
Prof Ariel Dorfman Chilean Writer & Activist for Human Rights
Tariq Ali British-Pakistani Journalist & Writer
Charity Kondile Mother of an Apartheid-Victim
Special Jury Award IDFA 2013