Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me

The South African revolutionary's legacy.
Karina Abadia
Published on May 13, 2014


Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me explores how global leaders interpret Mandela’s messages of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Trying to avoid creating a single interpretation, the film combines South African director Khalo Matabane’s personal reflections on living through apartheid with the thoughts of such people as the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan and Arundhati Roy. The narrative is structured around Mandela's three key principles and contemplates whether the ideals which Mandela fought for continue to hold value in contemporary South Africa.

* This film is showing as part of Documentary Edge Festival 2014. Click here to see more Concrete Playground picks from the programme.


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