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Black History Studies in association with the Marcus Garvey Library presents 'Sankofa Saturdays*' with the screening of   

Dear Mandela

Saturday 26th April 2014

DEAR MANDELA theatrical trailer
DEAR MANDELA theatrical trailer

In 2014, South Africa celebrates 20 Years of Freedom and democracy.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 'Freedom Day', Black History Studies will be screening 'Dear Mandela' on Saturday 26th April 2014.

Freedom Day on 27th April is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. This momentous occasion presents an opportunity for us to reflect on how freedom and democracy was achieved and to also reflect and examine the progress and outstanding issues faced by South Africans.

When Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, his government was faced with a seemingly insurmountable task: providing a better life for those who had suffered under apartheid. The cornerstone of Mandela's 'unbreakable promise' was an ambitious plan to ensure housing for all. Eighteen years later, as the number of families living in slums has doubled, a frightening tale of betrayal is unfolding.


The government is trying to 'eradicate the slums' by evicting shack dwellers from their homes at gunpoint, in scenes eerily reminiscent of apartheid-era forced removals. Determined to stop the bulldozers that are destroying homes and communities, a new social movement made up of the nation's poorest is challenging the evictions on the streets and in the courts. DEAR MANDELA (2012) is the remarkable story of Abahlali BaseMjondolo - Zulu for 'people of the shacks'. It is considered the largest movement of the poor to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa.


DEAR MANDELA brings us into the everyday lives of three dynamic leaders of the movement. Determined to stop the evictions, Mazwi, Zama and Mnikelo met with their communities by candlelight to study and debate new housing legislation. Dear Mandela follows their journey from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.  

There will be a Q&A after the screening. 




The screening will take place on SATURDAY 26th APRIL 2014 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.


This event will be held at the Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4JA. Nearest Tube: Seven Sisters Station. Nearest Mainline: Bruce Grove Station. Buses: 123, 149, 230, 243, 259, 279, 318, 341, 349, 476, W4. Parking available on site


Doors open at 4.30pm.     


Admission is FREE. Donations will be welcomed.  


Hot food and Refreshments will be on sale.


Places for this film screening are limited so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to acknowledge your place.


Please confirm via email how many of you will be attending this event. Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.


*Sankofa Saturdays is a new series of events by Black History Studies held on Saturday's at the Marcus Garvey Library in Tottenham


Charmaine Simpson 
Chief Executive Officer 



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