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    *trailer :http://vimeo.com/26538549 * Award-winning doc DEAR MANDELA: nation-wide broadcast on the *WORLD CHANNEL Jan 29, free online streaming* Date: Mon,
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      *trailer :http://vimeo.com/26538549 *

      Award-winning doc DEAR MANDELA: nation-wide broadcast on the

      *WORLD CHANNEL Jan 29, free online streaming*
      Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:03:55 -0500
      From: Thessa Mooij <thessa at silversaltpr.com
      To: Thessa Mooij <studio at silversaltpr.com

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 14 2012

      AfroPop Season 5: Gabourney Sidibe Presents:
      *DEAR MANDELA by Dara Kell & Chris Nizza*
      (Durban and Brooklyn Film Festival Award Winner)
      South Africa, 2011, HD, color, 93 min.

      *National TV broadcast on the WORLD Channel*
      *Tuesday January 29, 2013 7pm ET, 9pm PT*

      *New York:* WLIW World on Cablevision 132, Time Warner 164, Verizon Fios 473
      *Philadelphia*: WHYY � *Boston*: WGBH - *San Francisco*: KQED

      *January 29 � February 5*: free online streaming on blackpublicmedia.org
      *March 1-31*: free online streaming on blackpublicmedia.org

      Directors Dara Kell and Chris Nizza are available for interviews.*

      /NEW YORK TIMES: �South Africa�s comedown from post-apartheid unity has
      been going on for a while, but �Dear Mandela� usefully outlines the
      forces of exclusion and generational shifts that have arisen.�

      VARIETY: �This evocatively shot, lucidly edited film deserves wider

      After a successful theatrical run in New York in September and
      screenings in Haitian displacement camps, in Scandinavia, Germany and
      South Africa, DEAR MANDELA follows three young South African activists
      as they fight for the housing promised by Nelson Mandela when his ANC
      first came to power.

      DEAR MANDELA gets its national US TV premiere as part of the fifth
      season of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, an innovative
      documentary series highlighting contemporary life, art and pop culture
      in the African Diaspora, produced for the WORLD Channel and American
      Public Television. This season is presented by Academy Award-nominated
      actress Gabourney Sidibe (PRECIOUS).

      Winner of the prize for Best South African Documentary at the Durban
      International Film Festival and a nominee for Best Documentary at the
      African Academy Awards, DEAR MANDELA is a remarkably lucid view of a
      situation that is as complex as it is urgent.

      Deftly moving between social spheres in a South Africa that finds itself
      as segregated along class lines today as it once was along racial
      divides, Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza�s stirring, rigorous film � a
      product of the Sundance Institute�s Documentary Fund � tracks the
      catastrophic effects of a government bent on progress without regard for
      its citizens. As the government moves to destroy shack homes, or
      �informal settlements�, as they�re officially known, without providing
      alternative housing, hundreds of thousands of shack dwellers face

      Kell and Nizza dive into the world of the Kennedy Road settlement, a
      sprawl of lean-tos located just miles from the urban center of Durban.
      Here, amidst the ravages of AIDS and extreme poverty, they find the
      core of a resistance movement, the Abahlali baseMjondolo. Among its
      members are two unique, young leaders � the calm, eloquent student Mazwi
      and the passionate, rousing shopkeeper Mnikelo. Though these two serve
      as the film�s beating heart, and the source of its most powerful
      political critiques, Kell and Nizza offer a wide-ranging portrait of
      this community.

      As a decision on the �slum act� � a provision which allows for immediate
      demolition of any home deemed unfit � drags its ways through the courts,
      the filmmakers move from classroom to courtroom, street to safe house,
      painting a clear, comprehensive portrait of South Africa�s deeply
      troubled political situation, one in which the former revolutionaries �
      the ANC (African National Congress) � have congealed into their own
      potentially repressive force. Young leaders such as Mazwi and Mnikelo
      are faced with the task of not only fighting for the right of their
      people to a better life, but of doing so without alienating those who
      fought the same fight just decades earlier.

      Dara Kell: �In 2007, I first learned about a new social movement called
      Abahlali baseMjondolo (Residents of the Shacks). I was immediately
      intrigued by the potential of this deeply democratic movement to find
      some way through the seemingly intractable situation of millions of
      people living in life-threatening conditions in rapidly growing informal

      Dara Kell is a South African documentary director and editor. As an
      editor, she has worked on a number of high-profile films and television
      shows, including Academy Award nominee JESUS CAMP and Emmy Award winner
      DIAMOND AT THE ROCK. She has also edited short films for Human Rights
      Watch and the MacArthur Foundation. For DEAR MANDELA, she was selected
      as a fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab and the
      IFP Documentary Lab.

      Christopher Nizza, a native of New York City and an Emmy winner for his
      work at MSG Network, has edited films and television documentaries
      (HOLLYWOOD DC, IRONMAN TRIATHLON), commercials, and music videos. In
      2010, he produced and edited stories for NBC�s coverage of the Vancouver
      Winter Olympics. For DEAR MANDELA, he was selected as a fellow at the
      Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab and the IFP Documentary Lab.

      AfroPop interview with the directors: http://bit.ly/TEDM4o
      Website: www.dearmandela.com <http://www.dearmandela.com>
      Press materials: www.silversaltpr.com <http://www.silversaltpr.com>

      *Press contacts:*

      Thessa Mooij, 212.729.7071thessa at silversaltpr.com
      <mailto:thessa at silversaltpr.com

      Brian Geldin, 917.549.2953brian at briangeldin.com
      <mailto:brian at briangeldin.com

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