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AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—Dear Mandela

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Watch Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6pm on WORLD

When Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, his government was tasked to provide a better life for those who had suffered under apartheid. The cornerstone of Mandela’s ‘unbreakable promise’ was to ensure housing for all. Eighteen years later, as the number of families living in slums has doubled, the government is trying to "eradicate the slums" by evicting shack dwellers at gunpoint. 

Determined to stop the bulldozers, a new social movement is challenging the evictions on the streets and in the courts. Dear Mandela is the remarkable story of Abahlali BaseMjondolo – Zulu for ‘people of the shacks’. The film brings us into the everyday lives of Mazwi, Zama and Mnikelo, three dynamic leaders who meet with their communities by candlelight to study and debate new housing legislation. They challenge the Slums Act all the way to the highest court in the land - the hallowed Constitutional Court. 

By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, Dear Mandela offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change, and is a fascinating portrait of the coming of age of South Africa.

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