The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony.” – Nelson Mandela

December 5th, 2013 marks the day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passed away at the age of 95.  As remembrance Frontline re-launched The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela which had originally aired in May 25, 1999.

This documentary showed a brief time-line of Nelson Mandela’s life from birth to his last days as president.  Although I found the documentary to be full of great information and had some great interviews, it stopped short of going into what he had done to bring peace to South Africa.  Other than being a great speaker, I couldn’t grasp the magnitude of his accomplishments.  What were they exactly?

The majority of coverage was about his time in prison and the work he did with the confinement.  But perhaps thus is the reason for its title.  Nelson Mandela was after all imprisoned for 15 years of his life and when he was free and he began his new life a public figure, I’m sure the Africa he once knew had changed immensely.

Would I watch it again?  Probably not.  Not because I do not regarding hi m as one of the greats of our time, but because this documentary never really explained to me why or how he became so great


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