DStv to celebrate Nelson Mandela centenary
In celebration of one hundred years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, DStv will add a tribute pop up channel. The Mandela 100 Tribute pop-up channel (DStv 199) will launch on his birthday, Wednesday 18 July, and will run for five days. The channel will feature a mix of films, documentaries, archive footage from Carte Blanche as well as exclusive celebrity interviews.
“Around the globe, Nelson Mandela is revered as a hero of the struggle and as the man who led South Africa to democracy. While striving for justice and freedom and shaping a nation, he also changed the world with his humility and indomitable spirit. We are immensely proud to dedicate a unique pop-up channel to celebrate the life and legacy of this beacon of selflessness and reconciliation, who gave hope to millions,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO, MultiChoice.
The Long Walk to Freedom (2013) – every night at 20:00 – from Wednesday, 18 July to Saturday, 21 July – a new director’s cut, in the form of a four-part miniseries, of the landmark film The Long Walk to Freedom (2013), which is based on Mandela’s autobiography which focuses on his early life and 27 years in prison and stars Idris Elba, will air.
Invictus (2009) – the Hollywood blockbuster directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar.
The Face of Unity – a documentary with previously unscreened footage and tributes from former US President Barack Obama; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; musical genius Ray Charles, and Hollywood luminaries Samuel L. Jackson and George Lucas.
In the Name of Mandela, War and Peace – a summary of the political history of South Africa from the time of the discovery of gold in 1886 up to the election of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994.
Mandela’s Unsung Heroes – an account of the Rivonia trial in which some of Nelson Mandela’s fellow accused in the trial, that led to his incarceration on Robben Island, share their memories.
Countdown to Freedom – narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, this independent documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes leadup to the rebirth of a nation and Nelson Mandela’s triumph in South Africa’s first free elections.