Posts tagged “Long Walk to Freedom”
January 29, 2014
Wednesday. 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.
Tags: apartheid, Danny Schechter, democracy, elizabeth barad, equality, liesl gernholtz, Long Walk to Freedom, Madiba, Nelson Mandela, new york bar association, ngisana mngomezulu, south africa, tembile joyini, tribute, vincent mai
December 2, 2013
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.
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.