Dear Mandela (2012)
When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three ‘young lions’ of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take their government to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracy to the test.
"Dear Mandela" follows the journey of Mazwi, Zama and Mnikelo as they meet with their communities by candlelight to study and debate new housing legislation. From shacks to the highest court, they invoke Nelson Mandela’s example to become leaders in a growing social movement.
The extraordinary achievements of the shack dwellers did not come without a price. Their movement’s very existence is threatened by shack demolitions, assassination attempts and lengthy prison detention without trial.
Inspiring, devastating and even humorous at times, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.
**This is a must-watch documentary.
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