Nelson Mandela: the myth & me

Khalo Matabane asks global thinkers, Apartheid-victims and Mandela’s entourage to classify Nelson Mandela’s achievements, thereby providing a multi-facetted approach to his myth. His recent death at the high age of 95 offers the opportunity to reflect upon his legacy beyond sainthood. Amongst others, Matabane interviews the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Peter Hain, Albie Sachs and Ariel Dorfman. Critique may just as well be pronounced as approval and veneration. How do they interpret his message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation in the world of today?

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  • 02/2015 - Screen Nation Award Nomination for Nelson Mandela: the myth and me

    Our South African co-production “Nelson Mandela: the myth and me” has once more been nominated for a prestigious film award. [...]

    Our South African co-production "Nelson Mandela: the myth and me" has once more been nominated for a prestigious film award.   On february 5th, the jury will decide if Khalo Matabane's groundbreaking documentary about one of the most important opponents of apartheid will win the award in the section "Diversity in Factual Production".   After the Grimme-Award nomination and the Special Jury Award at IDFA 2013, we are excited to see if "Nelson Mandela: the myth and me" will win its first award on British territory.

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  • 12/2014 - Special Screening MADIBA on December 5 at Hackesche Höfe Cinema

    One year ago, Nelson Mandela passed away. In remembrance, there will be a special screening of „Madiba – Das Vermächtnis [...]

    One year ago, Nelson Mandela passed away. In remembrance, there will be a special screening of „Madiba – Das Vermächtnis des Nelson Mandela“ (IDFA Special Jury Award 2013) on December 5th at Hackesche Höfe Kino Berlin at 8pm. After the screening, TAZ journalist Berndt Pickert will interview former ARD South Africa correspondent Gerhard Rein, Zurich ”Tages-Anzeiger” journalist Hans Brandt as well as South African film maker Thabo Tindi (founder of Jozi.tv – “Voices of Africa”). The same day, there will also be a screening of the film at Weimar’s „Mon Ami“ at 7pm. We’d be happy to meet you there!

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  • 09/2014 - Khalo Matabane nominated from the German Academy of Television

    The German Academy of Television nominated director Khalo Matabane for his work in ‘Nelson Mandela: the myth & me’. Khalo [...]

    The German Academy of Television nominated director Khalo Matabane for his work in ‘Nelson Mandela: the myth & me’. Khalo Matabane is a multi-awarded director. His work includes several of feature length documentaries, drama series so as campaigns and commercials. Matabane creates in 'Madiba' a multifaceted picture of the living myth "Nelson Mandela" - provocative, surprising, inspiring. Since 2013, the German Academy of Television awards outstanding achievements in all trades of television production. About 600 television professionals of all trades belong currently to the Academy. The winners of this year will be announced at the Filmforum at Museum Ludwig on Monday, 29 September.

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Nelson Mandela: the myth & me

Nelson Mandela is viewed as one of the greatest political icons of the 20th century. His message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation has inspired people across the globe. In 1994, he was elected as the first democratic president of South Africa. Also after his death at the great age of 95 years, his message of reconciliation will remain while being reinterpreted in different parts of the planet.

The film wants to avoid the danger of a single story. The idea is not to find one indisputable truth but to tell Mandela’s story including the rough edges that defined this important man and his thoughts.
The personal take of the South African author and director Khalo Matabane plays a key role in this concept. How was he personally influenced by Mandela? Do others feel the same way? Khalo Matabane choses two different approaches. On one hand he will write a personal letter to Mandela guiding through the film. On the other hand he will interview important personalities such as the Dalai Lama, Joachim Gauck, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Peter Hain, Albie Sachs or Ariel Dorfmanor (and many more) to find out their perception of Mandela’s philosophy and life’s work. Critique may just as well be pronounced as approval and veneration.
This global project includes diverse settings, varying from the key locations of Mandela’s life up to Johannesburg’s slums and the Berlin Wall Memorial.

 

Director: Khalo Matabane
Director of Photography: Mike Downie, Giulio Biccari,
Nicolass Hofmeyr, Michael Hammon
Sound Design: Gustav Stutterheim. Gita Cerveira, Thomas Funk
Editor: Catherine Meyburgh
Assistent Editor : Sheron Mahlasi, Sarah Chu
Music: Neo Muyanga
Line Producer South Africa: Tsholo Mashile
Line Producer Germany: Kathrin Isberner
Producer: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Assistant Producer: Céline Deligny, Lea-Marie Körner
Executive Producer: Carolyn Carew
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Commissioning Editors: Martin Pieper (ZDF/arte),
Nick Fraser & Kate Townsend-Vision (BBC Storyville),
Mette Hoffmann Meyer (DR)

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    IDFA - Tuschinski 1 - Amsterdam
    24 November 2013 at 9:00 pm

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    IDFA - Munt 13 - Amsterdam
    25 November 2013 at 1:30 pm

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    IDFA - Tuschinski 2 - Amsterdam
    25 November 2013 at 5:45 pm

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    IDFA - Brakke Grond Expozaal - Amsterdam
    26 November 2013 at 4:00 pm

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    IDFA - Tushinski 1 - Amsterdam
    28 November 2013 at 9:45 pm

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    IDFA - EYE Cinema 1 - Amsterdam
    29 November 2013 at 4:15 pm

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    IDFA - Munt 09 - Amsterdam
    30 November 2013 at 10:30 am

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    BBC
    13 January 2014 at 10:00 pm

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    DR
    21 January 2014 at 9:00 pm

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    The Ritzy - Human Rights Watch Film Festival London
    21 March 2014 at 6:30 pm

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    Curzon Soho - Human Rights Watch Film Festival London
    22 March 2014 at 4:00 pm

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    It's All True Festival - Rio de Janeiro
    05 April 2014 at 12:00 am

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    It's All True Festival - São Paulo
    05 April 2014 at 12:00 am

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    Grand 1 - Stockholm International Film Festival - Stockholm
    07 April 2014 at 11:30 am

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    Grand 1 - Stockholm International Film Festival - Stockholm
    10 April 2014 at 2:00 pm

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    Grand 1 - Stockholm International Film Festival - Stockholm
    11 April 2014 at 9:30 am

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    arte
    23 April 2014 at 9:45 pm

  • Nelson Mandela: the myth & me (Book)

    Who was Nelson Mandela? Hiding behind the worldwide adoration is a life full of very different phases and a complex personality. Unraveling it demands not only one, but a lot of different perspectives. The book features interviews of nearly 30 significant characters - international politicians, artists, activists, companions and apartheid victims - that either knew him or were influenced by him. By also adressing critical views and testing Mandelas message of reconciliation and forgiveness for its present importance a diverse portrait of one of the greatest humans of our day was created. A must read for everyone believing in the possibility of a more peaceful and just world, on a political as well as on a human level. Contributions by: Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Joachim Gauck, Ko Un, Juliette Binoche, Elia Suleiman, Tariq Ali, John Carlin, Colin Powell, Albie Sachs, Peter Hain, Ariel Dorfman, Nadine Gordimer. et al. The book completes and enlarges the interviews of the film. German by Andreas Simon dos Santos and Nicolai von Schweder-Schreiner HardcoverPlus (incl. E-Book), 288 pages, 13 x 21 cm, 22,95 €, ISBN 978-3-942989-68-8, ET 29.1.2014
    23 April 2014 at 9:45 pm

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    HART HOUSE Theatre - Hot Docs Film Festival - Toronto
    26 April 2014 at 9:30 pm

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    NHK Japan
    28 April 2014 at 12:00 am

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    Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 3 - Hot Docs Film Festival - Toronto
    28 April 2014 at 5:00 pm

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    NHK Japan
    29 April 2014 at 12:00 am

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    Isabel Bader Theatre - Hot Docs Film Festival - Toronto
    04 May 2014 at 4:00 pm

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    Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde - DOK.fest Munich
    10 May 2014 at 9:00 pm

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    Rio 2 - DOK.fest Munich
    13 May 2014 at 9:00 pm

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    Gasteig Vortragssaal - DOK.fest Munich
    14 May 2014 at 6:00 pm

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    Rangatira at Q Theatre - Documentary Edge Festival - Auckland
    23 May 2014 at 2:00 pm

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    Rangatira at Q Theatre - Documentary Edge Festival - Auckland
    25 May 2014 at 2:30 pm

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    rangatira at Q Theatre - Documentary Edge Festival - Auckland
    31 May 2014 at 2:45 pm

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    Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2 - Sydney Film Festival -
    05 June 2014 at 8:15 pm

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    Cinema 2 at Roxy - Documentary Edge Festival - Wellington
    06 June 2014 at 2:00 pm

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    Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2 - Sydney Film Festival -
    07 June 2014 at 1:45 pm

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    Sheffield Doc/Fest - Library Theatre - UK
    08 June 2014 at 10:00 am

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    Cinema 1 at Roxy - Documentary Edge Festival - Wellington
    09 June 2014 at 4:15 pm

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    Sheffield Doc/Fest - Odeon Cinema - UK
    11 June 2014 at 3:30 pm

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    Human Rights Film Festival - IFC Center - New York
    13 June 2014 at 9:30 pm

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    Cinema 1 at Roxy - Documentary Edge Festival - Wellington
    14 June 2014 at 3:00 pm

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    Human Rights Film Festival - Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater - New York
    14 June 2014 at 6:30 pm

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    American Black Film Festival - New York
    20 June 2014 at 12:00 am

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    American Black Film Festival - New York - USA
    21 June 2014 at 11:30 am

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    Durban Film Festival - Elizebeth Sneddon Theatre - South Africa
    18 July 2014 at 7:30 pm

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    Durban International Film Festival - Ekhaya - South Africa
    20 July 2014 at 1:30 pm

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    Durban International Film Festival - Musgrave - South Africa
    27 July 2014 at 6:30 pm

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    67. Festival del Film - L'altra Sala - Locarno
    09 August 2014 at 2:00 pm

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    Haus der Kulturen der Welt - Berlin
    30 August 2014 at 8:00 pm

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    Cinemafrica - Italy
    17 October 2014 at 8:00 pm

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    Thalia Kino - Frankenberg
    01 November 2014 – 04 November 2014

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    Hackesche Höfe Filmtheater - Berlin
    05 December 2014 at 8:00 pm

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    Kommunales Kino at mon ami - Weimar
    05 December 2014 at 8:00 pm

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    Journées du Film Engagé d'Alger - Algeria
    14 December 2014 at 5:00 pm

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    Phoenix
    01 February 2015 at 1:35 am

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    Phoenix
    01 February 2015 at 3:30 pm

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    Phoenix
    04 February 2015 at 6:00 am

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    Visions Du Réel - Nyon, Switzerland
    24 April 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    arte
    05 September 2017 at 11:35 pm

  • Indiewire.com

    "With an impressive lineup of establishment figures ranging from Colin Powell and Henry Kissinger to the president of Germany. Using their voices to explore the nature of Mandela's diplomacy, Matabane both shows reverence for the erstwhile president's influence on other world leaders while demystifying his presumed greatness." Indiewire