by Mark Rabinowitz
In celebration of Black History Month, "Mandela, Son of Africa, Father of a
Nation", a 1996 Oscar-nominated documentary about the South African human
rights pioneer and current President of South Africa, is set to be released
on home video by Manga Entertainment on February 24th. The film, a Clinica
Estetico production for Island Pictures, was directed by South African
directors Jo Menell and Angus Gibson and produced by Jonathan Demme, Edward
Saxon and Peter Saraf.
As part of the theatrical release of "Mandela," Artists For A New South
Africa organized benefits in concert with local charities in support of
Nelson Mandela's Ex-Political Prisoner's Fund. These charities raised over
$200,000 aided, in part, by the support of many celebs and VIP's, including
Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King's widow), Jodie Foster, Danny
Glover, Alfre Woodard, Harry Belafonte, Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, Ossie
Davis and Paul Newman. Mandela created the fund in 1996 after "Mandela"
premiered in South Africa. The fund is set up to give support to South
Africans who, after fighting against apartheid, cannot provide for their
families as a result of their imprisonment.
[The Ex-Prisoners' Fund can be reached at: Artists For A New South Africa,
9000 W. Washington Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Culver City, CA 90232, tel.