'Dear Mandela' Activists Test Promises of Democracy

Following a successful theatrical run in New York and screenings in Haitian displacement camps, Brazilian favelas and South African shantytowns, the award-winning feature-length documentary DEAR MANDELA gets a multi-platform digital release on TVOD outlets iTunes, Amazon, Playstation, Vudu, Xbox, Google Play and SundanceNow.

When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three ‘young lions’ of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take their government to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracy to the test.

DEAR MANDELA discovers a promising new generation of South African activists as they fight for the housing promised by Nelson Mandela when his ANC party first came to power.

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Ever since the world found itself last month without the charismatic leader whose courage captivated millions around the globe, the question arises what kind of South Africa Mandela left behind and whether a post-ANC generation will follow in his footsteps. DEAR MANDELA offers one possible answer in the form of its young, passionate protagonists.

Winner of eight international awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Award at the One World Film Festival, Ottawa, DEAR MANDELA is a remarkably lucid view of a situation that is as complex as it is urgent.

One World Film Festival Jury Report: “Dear Mandela was a strikingly intimate film, patient in its conception and skilfully shot and edited. Paramount was the fact that the film had a heartbeat.”

WINNER - Grand Jury Award, Brooklyn Film Festival
WINNER - Grand Jury Award, One World Film Festival, Ottawa
WINNER - Audience Award, Africa World Documentary Film Festival
WINNER - Best Documentary, Brooklyn Film Festival
WINNER - Best South African Documentary, Durban Int. Film Festival
WINNER - Golden Butterfly Award, Movies That Matter Festival
WINNER - Best Documentary, Montreal International Black Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best Documentary, Africa Movie Academy Awards

About the Directors of Dear Mandela

Dara Kell is a South African filmmaker and journalist. As an editor, she has worked on a number of high-profile films and television shows, including Academy Award nominee JESUS CAMP and Emmy Award winner DIAMOND AT THE ROCK. For DEAR MANDELA, she was selected as a fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab, the Sundance Institute Creative Producers Lab and the IFP Documentary Lab. In 2013 she was named one of the Mail & Guardian's ‘Young South Africans’ – recognized leaders under 35 and is the recipient of Participant Media’s ‘Outstanding Filmmaker’ award, representing Africa.

Christopher Nizza, a native of New York City and an Emmy winner for his work at MSG Network, is an award-winning music video director and documentary editor (HOLLYWOOD DC, IRONMAN TRIATHLON). He produced and edited stories for NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the highest rated venue at the Games. He is a founding member of the University of the Poor, a project dedicated to using video and new technologies as part of a broad movement to end poverty, and an alumnus of the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab, the Sundance Institute Creative Producers Lab and the IFP Documentary Lab.

Source: Dear Mandela

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