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FRONTLINE | The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Watch Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9pm on WMHT TV.

"Nelson Mandela united a nation and inspired the world," says David Fanning, FRONTLINE's founder and executive producer (and a native of South Africa). "As we all mourn Mandela's passing and celebrate his legacy, FRONTLINE is proud to present our unique portrait of this extraordinary man.”

In The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela, FRONTLINE tells the intimate and surprising story of a Mandela few people know: a bomb-throwing revolutionary who became a skilled politician in prison, and a passionate man who sacrificed the love of his life for a country that needed him more. 

Widely hailed as the definitive television biography of Mandela, the documentary draws on stories and insights from Mandela's closest colleagues, fellow prisoners, friends and political adversaries —as well as unique photos and rare archival film — to paint an intimate portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest leaders.

FRONTLINE is also exploring Mandela's legacy through illuminating digital content — including an interactive Facebook timeline that chronicles his formative upbringing, his time in prison, and his trailblazing quest to end Apartheid in the country he loved.

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