Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me

In this feature documentary about Nelson Mandela,Director Khalo Matabane asks global thinkers, Apartheid-victims and Mandela’s entourage to classify Nelson Mandela’s achievements, thereby providing a multi-facetted approach to his myth. His recent death at the high age of 95 offers the opportunity to reflect upon his legacy beyond sainthood. Amongst others, Matabane interviews the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Peter Hain, Albie Sachs and Ariel Dorfman. Critique may just as well be pronounced as approval and veneration. How do they interpret his message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation in the world of today?

The film premiered at DOK Fest and screened at Sheffield and Hot Docs.

The film was shot around the world. I was the DoP for the US portion of the project and filmed interviews with Colin Powell, Ariel Dorfman, and Henry Kissinger.

Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me