January 2, 2014 2:05pm
Please join Danny Schechter, journalist, filmmaker, and long-time activist in the anti-apartheid movement, as he discusses Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy
Tuesday, January 7th at 6pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014
$8 cover charge includes a free drink
Nelson Mandela inspired the world and his recent death triggered a global celebration of his values and achievements. Join News Dissector Danny Schechter, author of Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela for a book reading/signing and discussion at this Greenwich Villages Cultural Landmark.
Madiba A to Z was commissioned by the producers of the movie Mandela Long Walk To Freedom starring Idris Elba because they recognized that no one movie can tell the whole story. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others: Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President, to name a few. The book quotes liberally from Mandela himself, his ex-wives and other family members, global leaders, Mandela’s cellmates and guards on Robben Island, the team behind Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, former president F. W. de Klerk, members of the South African Police, and his comrades including his successor Thabo Mbeki.
DANNY SCHECHTER is an American journalist and a documentary filmmaker who made six non-fiction films with Mandela and who was asked personally by the filmmakers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to make a three-hour television documentary about the making of the forthcoming film. He produced the South Africa Now TV series and has also been part of the anti-apartheid movement globally as an activist, earning him the confidence of many anti-apartheid leaders.
Madiba A to Z is published in the US by Seven Stories Press and in South Africa by Jacana Media. For more on the visit the website http://madibabook.com
“Here is story-telling that is unique, refreshing, and revealing, and the Nelson Mandela who emerges—more nuanced than I ever understood and even more admirable—is someone you will want to know. You will be both surprised by Mandela’s profoundly complex personality and grateful for Danny Schechter’s creative journalism.” —Bill Moyers
“Danny Schechter’s life-long involvement with the freedom movement in South Africa is very well known and respected. He knows Nelson Mandela’s story deeply and his new book features insights and stories we haven’t heard before.” —Reverend Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Leader and President of Rainbow PUSH