Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 pm
Join BloomBars and TransAfrica as we celebrate Mandela Day (18 July) and Nelson Mandela’s 94th Birthday with a film on South Africa’s fight for independence.
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela: A Son’s Tribute to Unsung Heroes (2006, 73 min), by Thomas Allen Harris – tells the story of the freedom fighters from South Africa who went into exile to keep the struggle alive during the harshest years of apartheid.
Confronted with the death of his stepfather, director Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey to understand the man who raised him, Pule Benjamin Leinaeng (Lee) – an ANC foot-soldier who sacrificed his life for the freedom of his country. As part of the first wave of South African freedom fighters, Lee and his comrades left their homeland in 1960 to broadcast to the world the brutality of apartheid and to raise support for the African National Congress (ANC) and its leaders, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo. This film is an intimate tale about an African-American family, the anti-apartheid movement and the quest for reconciliation between a father and son.
For our discussion we will speak with director Thomas Allen Harris, live from South Africa. via Skype. Our Q&A will also be moderated by Mwiza Munthali – the Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica and the radio host of “Africa Now” on WPFW 89.3FM.
This film presentation was made possible thanks to our collaboration with TransAfrica – the oldest and largest African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization promoting diversity and equity in the foreign policy arena and justice for the African World.
*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds will benefit both TransAfrica and BloomBars. Your support of TransAfrica will help amplify the voice of millions of people in Africa and throughout the Diaspora. Your gifts to BloomBars support our work in the community and helps keep our programs running. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.
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