Country:Südafrika 2012
Language:OF m. dt. UT
Length:93 Minutes
Film series:Neue Filme aus Nordafrika und Südafrika

Director :Kell, Dara
 Nizza, Christopher
Cinematography:Peterson, Matthew
Music:Reichman, Ted
Producer:Kell, Dara
Production company:Sleeping Giant


When Nelson Mandela was elected President one ‘unbreakable promise’ was to ensure housing for all. Two decades later, as the number of families living in slums has doubled. A frightening tale of betrayal is unfolding: the government is trying to eradicate the slums by evicting shack dweller from their homes at gunpoint. These scenes remind eerily of apartheidera forced removals. The movement “Abahlali Base Mjondolo“ – Zulu for ‘people of the shacks’ – is made up of the nation’s poorest to resist the evictions on the streets and in the courts. Dear Mandela tells the remarkable story of the everyday life of three leaders of the movement Mazwi, Zama and Mnikelo. They met by candlelight to study and debate new housing legislations and finally challenged the highest court in the land. The price of their extraordinary achievements: menace, assassination at- tempts and lengthy prison detention without trial. The three leaders experience that great leadership is often accompanied by great sacrifice.


Durban International Filmfestival 2011: Best Southafrican Documentary
Movies that matters (Amnesty International) 2012: Golden Butterfly Award
Sundance 2013: Sundance Institute Audience Engagement Award