Monday, August 18, 2008

Film program to celebrate Mandela

NEW HAVEN — Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the former president of South Africa and the first to be elected in fully representative democratic elections, will be celebrated in a film program beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 26, at the New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St. Two films will tell the story of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid activist, organizers said. At 6 p.m., Nelson Mandela: Journey to Freedom, a 50-min. A & E Biography documentary, will be shown. At 7 p.m.: A Righteous Man: Nelson Mandela and the Jews of South Africa (2000; South Africa; 24 min.) will be shown. From his beginnings as a lawyer and activist throughthe present day, Mandela has enjoyed a warm relationship with the South African Jewish community, event organizers said. He was taken on by a Jewish law firm at a time when no other whites would employ blacks in professional positions. This film is available by special arrangement with the director, Ingrid Gavshon.
There is no charge for the film program and free parking is available. For more information call 946-7431.

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