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Mandela - The Living Legend


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Revealing A Truly Extraordinary Man.

With unprecedented access to Nelson Mandela, world leaders and those closest to him, this is the story of Mandela seen through his own eyes and through the recollections of both famous and ordinary people who have played a part in his life – from jailer to president. The documentary follows Mandela over six months in 2002 as he goes about his day-to-day activities in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, from filming a television campaign to going hippo-watching on safari with close friend Bill Clinton. His hectic four day visit to New York provides an inside view of the way this remarkable man has thrown himself into raising funds for his chosen Third World causes.

In a series of exclusive interviews, Mandela talks about his early days in the Transkei, about his five 'mothers' and the day he ran away from home to avoid an arranged marriage; about boxing and dancing; about the decision to use violence to try to bring down the white government of South Africa – the decision that was to lead to a life sentence for treason against the State. Among the many other people interviewed is the man who first picked Mandela out as a potential leader; the jailer who spied on him in prison; Bill Clinton, the President he stood by; FW De Klerk the President he ousted; long-time ally Fidel Castro; Comic Relief 's Lenny Henry; politician Peter Hain; Graca Machel (Mandela's wife) and Zenani Mandela (one of his daughters from his marriage to Winnie)
Release date NZ
March 11th, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Length (Minutes)
  • Documentary
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