Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me

Joburg moviegoers looking to reflect on the great man's legacy on Nelson Mandela Day 2015 can head downtown for screenings of Khalo Matabane's Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me.

The award-winning documentary will be on at The Bioscope in the Maboneng precinct from Saturday, 18 to Monday, 21 July.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2013, Matabane's film takes an unflinching look at the most celebrated individual of our time.

Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fanciful ideas about post-apartheid South Africa when Mandela was released from prison in 1990. In a personal odyssey revolving round an imaginary letter to Mandela and interspersed with conversations with world leaders, intellectuals and ordinary South Africans, Matabane challenges Mandela's legacy in a world of conflict and inequality.

The film juxtaposes Matabane's own search for coherence in the current socio-political context with the thoughts of people who knew Mandela, including Colin Powell, Ariel Dorfman, Pumla Gqola, Wole Soyinka, the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Peter Hain, John Carlin and Albie Sachs.

Indiewire commented: "Using their voices to explore the nature of Mandela's diplomacy, Matabane both shows reverence for the erstwhile president's influence on other world leaders while demystifying his presumed greatness."

POV Magazine described the film as a "wonderful exploration of a complicated man and even more complicated issues that feels like vital viewing".

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Source: staff reporter

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