Global Voices: Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Global Voices: Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 7:30pm

The intimate story of family and home against the backdrop of a global movement for freedom.

Confronted by the death of his stepfather, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris takes a personal journey through the history of South Africa and the anti-apartheid movement. As he strives to understand the man who raised him, a foot soldier in the first wave of South African freedom fighters, Harris must first explore his own African American family, examine history, and reconcile his relationship to the man he could never call “father.”

Global Voices: Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela airs Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

As part of the first wave of black South African exiles, Harris’s stepfather, B. Pule Leinaeng, and his eleven comrades left their home in Bloemfontein in 1960. They told the world about the brutality of the apartheid system and raised support for the fledgling African National Congress and its leader, Nelson Mandela. Drawing upon the memories of the surviving disciples and their families, along with the talent of young South African actors who portray their harrowing experiences. A co-production of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with P.O.V./American Documentary and the National Black Programming Consortium.