The South African High Commission in Mauritius and Videovision Entertainment co-hosted the Mauritian premiere of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM on Friday, 22 July with the country’s Ministries of Arts and Culture, and Tourism and the Mauritian Film Development Corporation. Producer, Anant Singh was in attendance to present the film to guests among whom were the Deputy Prime Minister, Xavier-Luc Duval; Minister of Arts and Culture, Santaram Baboo; Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Etienne Sinatambou; Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Marie-Aurore Perraud ; business leaders and representatives from cultural organisations. Singh also presented the film privately to the Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth.
The High Commission simultaneously launched a film programme focused on feature films and documentaries about Nelson Mandela, and films inspired by him, as part of its Mandela Day celebrations. Among the films are SARAFINA!; CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY; COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM; PRISONERS OF HOPE; A HERO FOR ALL and VIVA MADIBA. The film programme runs from 22 to 27 July with free public screenings at cinemas and community centres, in order to reach a wide audience.
Speaking after the premiere, Anant Singh commented, “We had an amazingly emotional reaction to MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. I am touched by the affection the Mauritian people have for Madiba, which is evident in the country where a number of places bear his name – from the square, Place Mandela in Port Louis to a street in Le Morne and the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture. We are also delighted to be participating in the High Commission’s Mandela Day film programme which gives the Mauritian audience an opportunity to experience and celebrate Madiba’s legacy.”
South African High Commissioner, Nomvuyo Nokwe said, “We are pleased to have hosted the Mauritian premiere of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. The highlight for us was having producer Anant Singh give us an insight into the making of the film and his passion for Nelson Mandela’s life story. We always wanted to host a film programme for Mandela Day, and we are grateful to Anant for making available the films, and to be able to share it with the Mauritian people, and give them get an understanding of Nelson Mandela’s influence on the world.”
During his visit to Mauritius, Singh conducted a workshop hosted by the Mauritian Film Development Corporation with film students from the Open University in Reduit.
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