Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla will launch what is expected to be the biggest film festival in the southern hemisphere, on 23 April, at the thirteenth annual Tribeca Film Festival currently taking place in New York.
The Nelson Mandela International Film Festival, named after the late- political icon, will see international film stars and directors grace Port Elizabeth soil, in December 2015.
The festival’s inaugural year is intended to celebrate 20 years of democracy and pay tribute to film, entertainment and media legends that strived to keep South Africa relevant during and post apartheid.
“A number of successful movies have been made in South Africa, such as Invictus and Safe House. It is time we promoted South Africa, specifically Eastern Cape, as a destination for movie producers,” Mandla said.
Also the festival’s chairperson, he told The Times that the Nelson Mandela Bay was the host of choice as it is the only metro in South Africa named after his beloved grandfather.
Moreover, as the “home of legends”, it is both the birth and burial place of Madiba’s comrades and some of the country’s much loved political icons, including Govan Mbeki and Raymond Mhlaba.
Mandla added that best-selling author and playwright Dr Maya Angelou, who mourned Madiba’s death in her poem His Day is Done, would take the role of Honorary Global Ambassador for the event.
In her poem, Angelou – who met Madiba in the 1960s when she lived in Cairo- hails Mandela as modern-day David who defeated the giant of apartheid and freed South Africans.
The film festival will run from 3 – 12 December 2015.
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