‘The Mandela Tapes’ chronicles the icon’s life in his own words
Documentary project announced ahead of 30th anniversary of his prison release
(London) – Leading independent UK content production company Zig Zag Productions and South Africa’s Hipster Media today announced the development of a landmark documentary project based on the audio recordings for Nelson Mandela’s best-selling autobiography, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’.
The project to record his poignant memories and inner-most thoughts began in 1991, a year after he was released from prison, in the tumultuous era that marked the end of apartheid and the birth of a democratic South Africa. In over 15 hours of audio tape, Nelson Mandela provides, in his own words, a unique insight into his remarkable life’s journey, from a child born in the rural Transkei to becoming a colossus on the world stage.
This inspirational documentary project (1 x 90’/ 3 x 60’) uses these unique voice recordings as the editorial frame, together with stunning archival images and footage, to explore Nelson Mandela the man, husband, father, leader, soldier, comrade, political prisoner, and world statesman.
It is intended that the production coincide with the 30th anniversary of Mandela’s release from Robben Island. ‘The Mandela Tapes’ will reveal, in unprecedented intimacy, how a humble individual, a freedom fighter locked away in apartheid’s dungeons for 27 years, emerges from prison to lead his country from the brink of a bloody racial conflagration to reconciliation, hope and freedom.
“‘The Mandela Tapes’ is a unique opportunity to retell the story of one of the 20th century’s most iconic figures in a remarkably intimate way,” said Danny Fenton, Chief Executive Officer, Zig Zag Productions.
“In an increasingly divided world, Mandela’s words and deeds are more relevant today than ever before. The production will bring a message of hope for humanity facing an uncertain future. We are proud to produce this documentary with Zig Zag,” said Markus Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Hipster Media.