“I am honoured to have enjoyed a personal relationship with Madiba, commencing while he was in prison when I asked to make a film about his life.
“I have recorded significant events which have enabled us to produce these films that will support the centenary celebrations following its theme, ‘Renewing the Mandela legacy and promoting active citizenship in a changing world’,” said Singh.
His flagship project, Celebrating Mandela One Hundred, a documentary feature produced with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, had its World Premiere at the Nelson Mandela Foundation yesterday.
It includes authentic re-enactments, and features Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Joe Slovo, Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton and many others.
“Celebrating Mandela One Hundred gives us a glimpse into Madiba’s rich and inspirational life. Madiba left us a great legacy of selfless leadership and we are delighted to be sharing his rich legacy on film with the world as we celebrate his 100th birthday,” said Singh.
Videovision Entertain-ment has entered into a partnership with DStv to broadcast these films on their Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel between July 18 and 22 on channel 199.
Other films that will be released during Mandela Month include:
* Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom mini-series: A four-parter especially created to commemorate the centenary of Mandela’s birth, based on the film of that name.
* Beyond Long Walk: A five-part series that examines the history and issues behind Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom through interviews with Mandela and people who knew him well.
* Countdown to Freedom: This film documents the first free and fair election in South Africa and includes exclusive access to Nelson Mandela.
* Prisoners of Hope: A documentary that charts the reunion on Robben Island of 1250 of its former political prisoners led by President Mandela, featuring emotional footage of comrades and their fascinating anecdotes.
* A Hero For All: This film tracks the activities of Mandela from the run-up to South Africa’s first democratic elections and throughout his presidency.
With unprecedented access to President Mandela, the film examines him as a charismatic figure, an icon and moral force, and the excitement of a farewell tour of the United States.
* Viva Madiba: The story of a rich life, giving a new glimpse into historical and personal facets of this great man’s rise from an anonymous child to a world icon.