Posts tagged “Danny Schechter”

  • Danny Schechter Discusses Madiba A to Z at Bluestockings Bookstore

    March 19, 2014

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    March 19, 2014
    Bluestockings Bookstore
    172 Allen St. New York, NY 10002

    Danny Schechter has made six documentaries about Nelson Mandela and has been a supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa since the 60s. Join him as he discusses Mandela’s extraordinary contributions to his people, his world wide iconic presence, and the suffering still taking place in South Africa today.

    A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba. Danny collaborated closely with the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris which released everywhere on Christmas Day. 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, including Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President.

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  • Tribute to Nelson Mandela and His Legacy

    January 29, 2014

    MandelaWednesday. January 29, 2014, at 6:30pm
    New York City Bar Association
    42 W 44th St
    New York, NY 10036

    The New York City Bar’s Committee on African Affairs is hosting a tribute to Nelson Mandela and a discussion of his legacy, with a presentation by Advocate Tembile Joyini, Legal Advisor to the Mission of South Africa to the United Nations.

    A hero has passed. Nelson Mandela was the father of South African democracy, which he created by leading the struggle for justice with fortitude and a commitment to equal rights for all. During his presidency, the South African Constitution, one of the most progressive documents of its kind, was adopted, as were other laws protecting fundamental rights.

    This program seeks to both honor Madiba’s accomplishments, and also reflect on the legacy of his achievements now that his successors govern. Experts on economics, business and human rights will join the discussion to consider how Mandela’s hopes for a “Rainbow Nation” have been realized.

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  • January 18, 2014

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    Saturday, January 18th at 5PM
    Barnes & Noble Sugarhouse
    1104 East 2100 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84106

    Danny Schechter has made six documentaries about Nelson Mandela and has been a supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa since the 60s. Join him as he discusses Mandela’s extraordinary contributions to his people, his world wide iconic presence, and the suffering still taking place in South Africa today.

    A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba. Danny collaborated closely with the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris which released everywhere on Christmas Day. 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, including Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President.

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  • Danny Schechter speaking on Nelson Mandela’s legacy at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York

    January 2, 2014

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    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
    www.corneliastreetcafe.com

    $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.

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  • The life and legacy of Nelson Mandela

    December 11, 2013

    We are greatly saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela. His courage, his brilliance, and his never-ending fight for freedom for the people of South African will live on in the memory of everyone who’s lives he touched.

    Journalist and filmmaker Danny Schechter has known Mandela for forty years, both as a fellow activist in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and as a documentarian who has made six films about Mandela’s life. Danny’s new book, Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela, reveals anecdotes from Mandela’s life and legacy, as well as the many problems still facing South Africa today.

    Check out Danny speaking on Democracy Now: “Filmmaker Danny Schechter: The Anti-Apartheid Movement Behind Mandela Can’t Be Forgotten” and on RT America.

    You can also read his reaction to Mandela’s death on Al Jazeera, “Remembering Mandela: On media, politics and death” and hear an interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, “The Music Of Liberation: Steven Van Zandt And Danny Schechter On ‘Sun City’”

    Madiba A to Z reveals sides of Nelson Mandela that are not often discussed and angles of the anti-apartheid movement that most choose to brush under the table in order to focus on the happy-ending version of the story.

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  • Madiba A to Z Release Party with Danny Schechter

    December 2, 2013

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    Madiba A to Z Release Party
    Monday, December 2nd  6pm-9pm
    Thoughtworks
    99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor 
    New York, NY 10016 

    Anant Singh, Producer, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
    Dan Simon, Publisher, Seven Stories Press
    Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
    Neville Roy Singham, CEO, Thoughtworks
    Donna Katzin,  CEO, Shared Interest
    Tsidi Le Loka, Star of Lion King
    Omoyele Sowore, CEO, Sahara Media

    Invite you to celebrate the publication of Danny Schechter’s

    Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela

    A clip of Danny Schechter’s 1990 film Mandela in America will be shown and Tsidi Le Loka will perform. A book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be served

    RSVP to Madiba.AtoZ@gmail.com

    A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba, as he is known in his native South Africa. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover 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.

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  • What More is There to Learn About Nelson Mandela?

    December 2, 2013

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    WHAT MORE IS THERE TO LEARN ABOUT NELSON MANDELA?

    By Danny Schechter

    Nelson Mandela is back in the news—happily, not because of his medical condition but thanks to the release of the new epic movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba and Naomi Harris. On Christmas day, it opens nationwide on 2000 screens with a majority of reviews very positive.

    At the same time, no one movie can hope to tell the full story of a life that has spanned 95 years.  Hollywood-style story-telling inevitably telescopes history, compresses characters, and seek to entertain more than inform

    Some of the critics make this point, A few  find it too rushed, others too long, or well on missing context, and insufficient history, as does Simon Abrams on Roger Ebert.com: ”The prison guard insists that Nelson and his wife should not talk about politics, and “Long Walk to Freedom’s creators honor that request.

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  • Our Seven Favorite Mandela Quotes

    September 27, 2013

    Sixteen years went into the making of the forthcoming feature film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a fictionalized biopic based on Mandela’s bestselling autobiography, coming out November 28th from the Weinstein Company and starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. Journalist and filmmaker Danny Schechter, who has been on the front-lines in the fight for freedom in South Africa for the past forty years, was asked by the filmmakers to make a documentary about the filming of the feature film.

    Publishing on November 26th, 2013,  Madiba A-Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela is his companion book to the documentary, and authorized by the makers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

    In anticipation of the upcoming films and book, here are our seven favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela:

    • “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
    • “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
    • “One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”
    • “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
    • “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
    • “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
    • “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”

    Watch the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom here.

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