Every year is an important date on the timeline of world history as it marks the birthday of global icon and father of modern South Africa, Nelson Mandela. This year, the date marks a hundred years since the birth of the legendary statesman, Nobel Peace Prize winner and definitely one of Africa’s most beloved statwman celebrate and honour the extraordinary life and legacy of Tata Madiba on the 18th of July.
Starting on Madiba’s birthday, Wednesday 18 July, at 6 pm, the channel will feature an exceptional mix of films, documentaries and archive footage. “Around the globe, Nelson Mandela is revered as a hero of the struggle and as the man who led South Africa to democracy. While striving for justice and freedom and shaping a nation, he also changed the world with his humility and indomitable spirit. We are immensely proud to dedicate a unique pop-up channel to celebrate the life and legacy of this beacon of selflessness and reconciliation, who gave hope to millions,” says Yolisa Phahle.
Among others, the landmark film The Long Walk to Freedom (2013), based on Mandela’s autobiography which focuses on his early life and 27 years in prison starring Idris Elba will be screened during the period.
The Mandela 100 Tribute builds up to a heart-stopping climax on the final evening: Invictus (2009), the Hollywood blockbuster directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar.
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