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Mandela (1996 film)

DVD cover
Directed by Angus Gibson
Jo Menell
Produced by Jonathan Demme
Jo Menell
Edward Saxon
Written by Bo Widerberg
Music by Hugh Masekela
Cédric Gradus Samson
Cinematography Dewald Aukema
Peter Tischhauser
Edited by Andy Keir
Clinica Estetico
Island Pictures
Distributed by Island Pictures
Release dates
  • October 11, 1996 (1996-10-11)
Running time 118 minutes
Country South Africa
United States
Language English

Mandela (aka Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation) is a 1996 documentary film directed by Angus Gibson and Jo Menell. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1]


The documentary is the official film biography of Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of the ethnically united South Africa. The film touches on Nelson Mandela's childhood, family, education, and his long struggle to gain freedom for all the various ethnic groups in South Africa, including his experiences on the Robben Island prison.



Film critic [2]

Critics Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat liked the film and wrote, "Directors Jo Menell and Angus Gibson give us an up-close and personal portrait of this black hero...This inspiring and edifying screen biography celebrates Mandela as a freedom fighter and a liberator — the father of a nation."[3]





  1. ^ Mandela at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. Chicago Sun-Times film review, March 21, 1997. Last accessed: February 5, 2011.
  3. ^ Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann. Spirituality & Practice, film review, March 1997. Last accessed: February 5, 2011.

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