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Celebrate the 100th year of Mandela’s birth with DStv – a pop-up channel and an innovative app.

Wednesday 18 July is an important date on the 2018 calendar.  On the timeline of world history, it marks a hundred years since the birth of one of Africa’s most beloved icons, legendary statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

On that day, DStv will launch a special five-day long pop-up channel to celebrate and honour the extraordinary life and legacy of Tata Madiba. DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Channel (DStv channel 199) will be available to all DStv customers across Africa.

 

Starting on Madiba’s birthday, Wednesday 18 July, at 19:00, the channel will feature an exceptional mix of films, documentaries, archive footage from M-Net’s multiple award-winning actuality programme Carte Blanche as well as exclusive celebrity interviews.

 

“Around the globe, Nelson Mandela is revered as a hero of the struggle and as the man who led South Africa to democracy.  While striving for justice and freedom and shaping a nation, he also changed the world with his humility and indomitable spirit. We are immensely proud to dedicate a unique pop-up channel to celebrate the life and legacy of this beacon of selflessness and reconciliation, who gave hope to millions,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO, MultiChoice.

 

The channel, which was compiled for DStv by M-Net, Africa’s leading storyteller, is packed with programmes that paint a powerful picture of what it meant to be Madiba – and what Madiba has meant to the world.

 

Each night at 20:00 – from Wednesday 18 July to Saturday 21 July –  DStv customers across the continent can tune in for a new director’s cut, in the form of a four-part miniseries, of the landmark film The Long Walk to Freedom (2013), based on Mandela’s autobiography which focuses on his early life and 27 years in prison, and stars Idris Elba.

 

The Mandela 100 Tribute builds up to a heart-stopping climax on the final evening: Invictus(2009), the Hollywood blockbuster directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Morgan Freemanas Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar.

 

It is the true-life depiction of South Africa’s victory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Madiba famously walked on to the Ellis Park turf in the No 6 jersey, usually worn by Pienaar, to thunderous applause before the match – a stroke of genius that spurred the Springboks on to glory.

 

Other highlights include:

The Face of Unity – a documentary with previously unscreened footage and tributes from former US President Barack Obama; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; musical genius Ray Charles, and Hollywood luminaries Samuel L. Jackson and George Lucas.

 

In the Name of Mandela, War and Peace – a summary of the political history of South Africa from the time of the discovery of gold in 1886 up to the election of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994.

 

Mandela’s Unsung Heroes – an account of the Rivonia trial in which some of Nelson Mandela’s fellow accused in the trial, that led to his incarceration on Robben Island, share their memories.

 

Countdown to Freedom –  Narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, this independent documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes lead-up to the rebirth of a nation and Nelson Mandela’s triumph in South Africa’s first free elections.

 

DStv customers can also access the Long Walk To Freedom miniseries, and Carte Blancheinserts on DStv Catch Up on their PVR and Explora decoders, as well as all the content from the channel on DStv Catch Up Plus through their connected Explora or on DStv Catch Up on DStv Now.

 

HISTORY Channel launches an app and more

To celebrate the 100th year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, HISTORY (DStv channel 186) and streaming live on DStv Now, will launch an app inviting viewers to share their personal stories or moments with Mandela. The innovative campaign includes pieces curated from interviews with amongst others Bill Clinton, Alfre Woodard, Robert De Niro, Richard Branson and Bono to local stars and politicians like Devi Sankaree Govender, Basetsana Kumalo,  Saleem Mowver, Cheryl Carolus, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Bongani Bingwa. The moments will be shared live across digital and linear throughout the month of July and into August.

 

HISTORY is also giving these viewers an opportunity to be heard and become a part of the campaign by sharing their own stories on how they met Madiba, via the HISTORY app.

 

The app will allow participants to be on the platform and will allow each story to have a choice of two filter options with a selection of background music to choose from.  Selected stories will be shown and shared across their personal social media platforms, as well as showcased on History’s Facebook page.

 

Yusuf Nabee, General Manager of A+E Networks Africa says, “We are excited to launch an app that enables viewers to generate their own content and to share their moment/s with the icon that was Nelson Mandela. This initiative is supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.”

 

In addition, during the birthday week, special relevant programming from 16 – 22 July includes:

Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad and Me – 16 July

Monday – 19:15

In 2013, actor Idris Elba produced and released ‘Mi Mandela’, an album inspired by his time researching and portraying Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. This special documents one man’s struggle in producing his first album.

 

 

Mandela City – 17 July   

Tuesday, 19:15

The formidable racial prejudice that Nelson Mandela encounters on moving to Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, leads to his rapid politicisation and fight to topple apartheid. The programme charts the events that began one of the most legendary civil rights campaigns of the 20th century.

 

Mandela Country – 18 July

Wednesday, 19:15

The unique story of Nelson Mandela’s early years. Born in one of the most rural parts of South Africa, Mandela is adopted by the Thembu royalty after the death of his father, but the lure of the city is more powerful than an aristocratic lifestyle in the country and Mandela flees to Johannesburg.

Mandela Rivonia – 19 July            

Thursday, 19:15

An uncompromising insight into the darkest days of Mandela’s life as he becomes the world’s most famous prisoner. Despite lengthy incarceration in an apartheid prison, Nelson Mandela overcomes indignity and harshness to begin the negotiations that will eventually lead to a democratic South Africa.

Flat 13 – 20 July            

Friday, 19:20

This is the story of the apartment in downtown Johannesburg that, between the late 1940s and early 1960s, became a hub of resistance against apartheid. Nelson Mandela described it as the place where “the first seeds of non-racialism were sown and a wider concept of the nation came into being.” He was concerned that history accurately record the role played by all freedom-loving people towards the final liberation of the country.

Mandela Tribute: Farewell Father – 22 July

Sunday, 20:15

Celebrating the great stateman’s life and the achievements he brought about through his leadership, from the inception of the ANC, imprisonment and the presidency.

In keeping with the milestone week, HISTORY will be opened to DStv customers on DStv Compact, Family and Access from 16 to 23 July. Customers don’t have to do anything to get the channel as it will automatically be made available on their package.

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