Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela
Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris focuses on the roles both his stepfather, Pule Lee Leinaeng, and the African National Congress played in bringing down apartheid from outside the confines of South Africa in this documentary that aims to strike a balance between intimate biography and searing social history. As the grip of apartheid was strengthening, a young group of concerned African National Congress activists exiled themselves to Botswana, Tanzania, and other safe locations outside of South Africa in hopes of battling oppression from the outside. By utilizing actors to create dramatic reenactments of events from that time, inter-cutting the newly shot footage with archival images, and tracing the path of his stepfather to the United States, Harris attempts to both personalize the plight of the ANC and simultaneously offer an in-depth account of the struggles the group faced while trying to abolish tyranny and restore justice to their homeland.~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
Directed by: Thomas Allen Harris
Written by: Thomas Allen Harris
Opens: Sep 11, 2005 Toronto Film Festival
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