Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me
Sunday, April 12, 1:30 p.m.
Preceded by a dance sequence by Astrid Sherman’s Dance Group
All films at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s
Filmmaker Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fanciful ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when the great icon of liberation Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. In a personal odyssey encompassing an imaginary letter to Mandela and conversations with politicians, activists, intellectuals, and artists, Matabane questions the meaning of freedom, reconciliation, and forgiveness—and challenges Mandela’s legacy in today’s world of conflict and inequality.
The film juxtaposes Matabane’s inner quest for coherence with the opinions of people who both knew Mandela and those whose political perspectives were shaped by him. Matabane weighs carefully the words of his subjects, leading us to question and explore concepts we thought we knew and understood.
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Director: Khalo Matabane
Producers: Carolyn Carew, Kerstin Beetz
SPECIAL JURY AWARD – INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, AMSTERDAM, 2013
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL, 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION – HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL, 2014
MENTION SPECIALE – PALMARES DES CARTAGE FILM FESTIVAL, 2013
What the Critics are Saying
“It’s thought-provoking stuff and timely, too, given South Africa’s entry into the post-Mandela age.”
— James Adams, Globe and Mail
“Matabane contributes to what will at some point in the near future become a worldwide reappraisal of ‘everybody’s favorite uncle.’”
— Neil Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“An amazing job balancing the tough questions and the historical reverence to become something that’s all too rare in filmmaking these days: an objective biopic that perfectly balances the perceptions and realities of its subject.”
— Adam A. Donaldson, WE GOT THIS COVERED