||MUSIC FOR MANDELA (55' & 85')
DIRECTED BY JASON BOURQUE
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"Music for Mandela" explores the role
music played in the remarkable life of one of the world's
most important icons. The effects of this relationship
continue to ripple through the poorest South African
townships as well as the world stage.
From Nelson Mandela singing at his own prison concert to
the present day celebrations of his legacy, the music born
out of his inspirational journey is commented on by his
closest friends, former exiled musicians, current
international artists and community volunteers who use
music today to motivate and educate. The documentary also
explores what music means to all South Africans and how it
became both a unifying force and weapon against apartheid.
While shooting in South Africa, interviews with local
musicians and ex-political leaders who had close
relationships with Mandela came about at the last minute
as new contacts were discovered, sometimes on the fly.
Some of the documentary's more visual B roll, like the
street dancing and the visit to Mandela Square, were never
officially planned and came about through the
recommendations of the South African crew. These
incredible opportunities, combined with a willingness to
adapt, excellent creative teamwork and sometimes sheer
luck, helped shape the final production.
Combining striking visuals with freedom songs, pop music
and hip hop, "Music for Mandela" is both a stirring
tribute to the man himself and to the ultimate power of
music. The filmmakers were able to create a feature
documentary full of insightful, emotional interviews,
powerful visuals and an incredible amount of music both
dedicated to and inspired by one of the greatest icons of
all time ? Nelson Mandela.
Musical performances include celebrated artist Vusi
Mahlasela, Grammy award-winning group Ladysmith Black
Mambazo and new music from the internationally acclaimed
Soweto Gospel Choir. Interviews include the legendary BB
King, Sean Paul, Estelle, Welsh opera star Katherine
Jenkins and Mandela's grandson ? hip hop artist Bambatha