Few years after the release of feature film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”; a story that narrates the life journey of South African leader, Mandela, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa, a new 4-part miniseries with same title “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” has been released by filmmaker- Anant Singh.
The new series comprises of left-over footage from the shot of the 2013 British South African feature film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”.
Narrating the story of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader, Mandela, the miniseries will be showing on DStv channel 199 from July 18th to July 22nd, as part of M-Net and MultiChoice’s Mandela 100 pop-up channel on DStv.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” series is Produced by Singh and it stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Atandwa Kani, Jamie Bartlett and Deon Lotz. It gives more insight on the life of the African legend.
To also air alongside the 4-part miniseries is Singh’s “Mandela documentary collection” on the Mandela 100 channel on DStv. It includes Beyond Long Walk To Freedom, Countdown To Freedom, Prisoners Of Hope, A Hero For All, Viva Madiba as well as the film produced specifically to commemorate what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, Celebrating Mandela One Hundred.
Singh emphasized on the project: “During the production, we shot an enormous amount of footage that was not used in the feature film and decided to create the mini-series…
We are very pleased that this enables us to tell the complete Madiba story as it includes scenes of his childhood in the Transkei; being sent to live with the Tembu Regent, Jongintaba; his move to Johannesburg and experiencing the vibrance of Sophiatown and its destruction, and his internship with the Johannesburg law firm, Witkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman and many other watershed moments in his life.”
Singh is pleased to commemorate Mandela’s 100th posthumous birthday with this big production.