Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle

Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle
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Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle
USA, 2010, 88 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: South Africa
Topics: African Interest, Documentary, History, Political
Program: Cinema Safari
Language: English

If you were intrigued by how, in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, Morgan Freeman’s Nelson Mandela chose the wise and not terribly popular path of reconciliation over revenge when he became president of South Africa, then Michael Henry Wilson’s intelligent and artfully crafted documentary on what is known as “Mandela’s Miracle” will provide true inspiration. Wilson uses the South African rugby team’s World Cup win (he even visits the set of Invictus and interviews Mr. Eastwood) as a jumping off point for a wide-ranging amalgam of historical footage and contemporary interviews that both reveal the horrible injustice of apartheid and indicate just how radical Mandela’s post-apartheid presidential policies really were.

No one expected them to work; fears of a black-on-white bloodbath of revenge were constant. As detailed here, it was only when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, under the chairmanship of the indefatigable Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was set up that belief in the “miracle”—a bloodless transition to a new society—became more widespread. As both the film and Eastwood succinctly say about Mandela: “The world needs people like him.”

Director & Producer to attend screenings

DIRECTOR: Michael Henry Wilson
Producer: Michael Henry Wilson, Carole J. Wilson
Editor: Rick Blue, Terry Kelley A.C.E., Jason Rosenfield
Screenwriter: Michael Henry Wilson
Cinematographer: Dominique Gentil
Music: Thomas “Take” Wilson, Kripa Julia Jones
Principal Cast: Clint Eastwood, Desmond Tutu, FX de Klerk, Zindzi Mandela, Francois Pienaar and the Springboks
Print Source: High Wire Productions -

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