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Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation
Mandela Son of Africa Father of a Nation
Actors: Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk, Eugene Terre'Blanche
Directors: Angus Gibson, Jo Menell
Genres: Documentary, African American Cinema
NR     1998     1hr 58min

A vibrantly presented and emotionally charged portrait of the dynamic African leader, this needed tighter narration to close informational gaps. For instance, there is very little mention of F.W. de Klerk, although as the ...  more »


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Actors: Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk, Eugene Terre'Blanche
Directors: Angus Gibson, Jo Menell
Creators: Dewald Aukema, Peter Tischhauser, Jo Menell, Andy Keir, Amina Frense, Chris Blackwell, Dan Genetti, Edward Saxon, Jonathan Demme, Peter Saraf, Richard Stengel, Bo Widerberg
Genres: Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Biography, African American Cinema
Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/19/1998
Original Release Date: 03/21/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 03/21/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Disagree with the Editorial Review greatly on this point
yjt43y7 | Eastern United States | 05/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Specifically, the narritive flow was good, and it gave persons a way to see the developement of Nelson Mandela and the freedom movement in South Africa. The statement that there was not alot about De Klerk, I also agree in substance and tone. De Klerk appeared commensurate to what Nelson Mandela had been saying all of his life, that he was always against racism, no pro one ethnic group or the other. This is something that De Klerk was not committed to from the beginning of his life apparently, and he, like Pharoah in Egypt, saw the writing on the wall with respect to the newness that was coming. Nonetheless, when Freedom finally came to South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who I know personnally, led all of us in a hand clap for Mr. De Klerk. This story, was about Nelson Mandela finally, not about Mr. De Klerk, and hence I didn't find the inclusion of De Klerk or the amount of time that he appeared, particularly out of balance with the main drive of the story."
Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Watched with my teenager and found this to be a very nice review of Nelson Mandela's life. Starts with how he was raised and educated to be the assistant to a village chief through his election as President of South Africa. The initial focus on how he was raised and interviews with his sister and others who know him gave good insight into his character that made him such a fighter for justice and great leader."
The Triumph of Freedom
Joe Anthony (a.k.a. JAG 1) | Massachusetts, USA | 07/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great documentary that seems to capture the full drama of the life of one of the greatest men of our times. This portrait of Nelson Mandela reflects upon the triumph of freedom; the strength of his character, and also gives an honest look at the man's flawed personal life as well. It also gives one a feeling for the breadth and majesty of the South Africa and the African people.

The soundtrack and cinematography are also outstanding."
Amazing set. ALL REGION! NOT Region 2... read on
Freeze | OH | 11/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First off, this dvd set is ALL REGION, NTSC. It says so directly on the back of the box and plays perfectly in my Region 1 NTSC dvd player.
As for this box set. WOW! Palm Pictures went all out. The documentary is very interesting and informative, but I had very little knowledge of Mandela's life before seeing this so keep that in mind. The music cd is stellar. An amazing collection of 26 songs from South African musicians. Add huge booklet and the poster map and you can tell some thought and care was put into this set."