While the remarkable and peaceful democratic transition that began in 1994 opened up the political system and dismantled the racist apartheid regime, the country has hit debilitating political and economic roadblocks, potentially derailing the country completely.
Chadwick brilliantly paints the struggle for freedom by black South Africans against the backdrop of the sweeping mountainous and beach terrains of South Africa while managing to stay away from hero worship in the film.
In the weeks since his death at age 95, Nelson Mandela's thinking on the strategic direction of the liberation struggle in South Africa has been oversimplified by proponents of nonviolent and armed resistance alike.
In late February of 1990, just two weeks after being released from prison, Nelson Mandela met with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasir Arafat. Afterwards Mandela spoke publicly of his affinity with the Palestinian people and his support for their struggle.
Ela Gandhi is the granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi, also known as 'Mahatma' (great soul) Gandhi, the man who famously led Indians to independence from their British colonizers in 1946. She was born in 1940 in the Phoenix Settlement in the Inanda district of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
So, I have become, a Long Walker too, across the decades, steeped in the mythologies and the limits of a process here that has succumbed to division, disillusioning so many who need a Mandela to make them believe again.
Patrick shared with the audience that he had been written off when he ran for re-election as governor of Massachusetts in 2010. That he had not accomplished all he had wanted to at that juncture. Just as the president has more he wants to accomplish.
In the aftermath of the fury unleashed by the ANC, will artists still dare to challenge and provoke? Or has South Africa accepted that culture and "acceptability" is something determined only by its ruling party?
In the spring of 1956, Harry Belafonte's life took a turn when he received a phone call from Martin Luther King. After spending four hours speaking with King, Belafonte knew "he would be in his service."
This coming weekend, on January 8th, I foresee that just a few dedicated media practitioners outside of Africa will mark the passing of a hundred years since the hot and dusty day when Nelson Mandela's movement, the African National Congress, was first formed.