The story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela's character, leadership and life's method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies, adversaries, and his fellow prisoners and jailers on Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years, transforming himself from an impetuous, risk-taking radical into a mature leader and statesman.
Frontline: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY'S GREATEST LEADERS
Available on DVD from PBS Distribution January 31st
Arlington, Va. - January 23, 2012 - PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing Frontline: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela on DVD. FRONTLINE presents the story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela's character, leadership and life's method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies, adversaries, and his fellow prisoners and jailers on Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years, transforming himself from an impetuous, risk-taking radical into a mature leader and statesman. This program will be available on DVD January 31, 2012 for a suggested retail price of $24.99. The DVD run time is 120 minutes.
This two-hour biography is filled with insights, from Mandela's noble upbringing in the rural Transkei where his values and attitudes were shaped by tradition and royal prerogative - to old colleagues' anecdotes about his self-discipline, guarded privacy and quite early sense of his own historic destiny. A major part of Frontline: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela probes how Mandela transformed himself in prison. On Robben Island he became the master of his own prison; through intelligence, charm and dignified defiance he bent to his will even the most brutal prison officials. The program also examines Mandela's electric relationship with Winnie Madikizela Mandela and chronicles Mandela's negotiations with the increasingly embattled white rulers of South Africa.
Along with interviews, unique photos, and rare archival film, the program also utilizes analyses from Mandela's biographers, Richard Stengel and Anthony Sampson, illuminating not only what separates Mandela from ordinary men - his singular pursuit of his life's mission, his unwavering moral certitude, his own sense of his destiny - but also, what makes him like the rest of us: his vanity, his anger, his stubbornness.
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Frontline: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
Street Date: January 31, 2012
Run Time: 120 Minutes
January 31, 2012, 8:39 am - PR