Madiba A-Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
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Madiba A-Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela

Danny Schechter

 

Sixteen years went into the making of the forthcoming feature film MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, a fictionalized biopic based on Mandela's bestselling autobiography, coming out November 29, 2013. Danny Schechter, who has spent 40 years getting to know Mandela, was asked to make a non-fiction documentary about the biopic and this book is his companion to the feature, the documentary, and Mandela's life itself.

 

In Schechter's words: "What do we see when we see Nelson Mandela? Many of those who adore him projected on to him a god-like persona as political superman. Others projected on to him the qualities they wanted or feared. For many years, his government silenced him as a faceless terrorist and communist. Others saw him as a savior who single-handedly won freedom for South Africa. Many of us only saw the political mission, not the man behind it, and, when we did, what man was that? Was it the victim turned victor, prisoner turned President, the lone hero and political magician or the wise leader of a liberation movement? He was courted by kings and queens, the biggest names in show business and world leaders--who appealed to his often unseen vanity--but despite some compromises and co-optation, he largely stayed true to the values that shaped and guided him becoming, as he aged, even more reflective and self-aware."
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REVIEWS:

"Here is story-telling that is unique, refreshing, and revealing, and the Nelson Mandela who emerges—more nuanced than I ever understood and even more admirable—is someone you will want to know. You will be both surprised by Mandela’s profoundly complex personality and grateful for Danny Schecter’s creative journalism."Bill Moyers

"Danny Schechter's life-long involvement with the freedom movement in South Africa is very well known and respected. He knows Nelson Mandela's story deeply and his new book features insights and stories we haven't heard before."Civil Rights Leader and President of Rainbow Push Reverend Jesse Jackson

"In Madiba A-Z, Danny Schechter gives credit to the many living and dead who carried the torch that helped light the way on Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom. No one is better positioned than Schechter to help us understand the challenges, complexities and triumphs of those who made that journey. Madiba A-Z is a must-read companion to Anant Singh’s brilliant film adaptation of Mandela’s book, Long Walk to Freedom, for anyone who wants to appreciate what it took in the past and what it must take in the future for us all to be truly free."
—Charlayne Hunter-Gault, veteran activist, MacNeil-Lehrer Report news anchor, and reporter for CNN and NPR

"Danny Schechter has long earned his spurs by embracing our struggle and communicating its strengths and weaknesses from those risky times, to deepen a lifelong contribution over five decades as a committed and insightful writer, reporter, critic and filmmaker. He's an outsider who learned to think like an insider. Madiba A to Z tells the story from personal experience and goes beyond the surface with a lively sense of humor and deep caring that even we South Africans can learn from."
—Ronnie Kasrils, former commander in the armed struggle and South Africa's Minister of Intelligence in the post-apartheid government

Watch the trailer for the feature film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (coming out November 26, 2013):



 

About Danny Schechter

Formerly a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard and a television producer, DANNY SCHECHTER has made waves in the mainstream and alternative media for more than 30 years. Called the "alternative Walter Cronkite," he has witnessed and participated in the history-making events of our age, from the founding of the Yippies in 1967, to Nelson Mandela's triumphant presidential election in 1994, for which Schechter was designated the exclusive filmmaker, to the Media and Democracy Congress of 1996, which he helped organize, to his most recent television production, Rights & Wrongs, which aired weekly on over 150 PBS and cable outlets nationwide. His many TV specials and films, including Beyond Life: Timothy Leary Lives (1997), Seeds of Peace (1996), The Prisoners of Hope (1996), Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa (1994), narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, Sarajevo Ground Zero (1993), The Living Canvas (1992), narrated by Billy Dee Williams, Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992, with Barbara Kopple), Mandela in America (1990), and The Making of Sun City (1990). 

For eight years a producer at ABC's 20/20, where he won two National News Emmys, Schechter has reported from 45 countries and lectured at many schools and universities. He is co-founder and executive producer at Globalvision, a New York-based television and film company now in its eleventh year, where he produced 156 editions of the award-winning series South Africa Now and co-produced Right & Wrongs: Human Rights Television with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. His articles on the media appear regularly in leading national publications. He lives in New York City.