SINGH’S MANDELA CENTENARY TRIBUTE TO OPEN THE KZN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED, the documentary feature conceptualised and produced by Anant Singh will open the 15thAnnual KwaZulu Natal African Film Festival on 5 December 2018 at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu.  Whilst commemorating the Nelson Mandela Centenary, the screening also observes the fifth anniversary of Madiba’s passing on 5 December 2013.  Singh will present the film which is endorsed and supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Anant Singh commented, “I am delighted that CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED will be opening the KwaZulu Natal African Film Festival. We are proud to return to Ekhaya with this tribute to Madiba who cast his first vote a few kilometres from here.  Madiba left us a great legacy of selfless leadership and we are delighted to be perpetuating his legacy with this film in our City.”

Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation said, “It is significant that CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDREDopens the KZN African Film Festival on the anniversary of Madiba’s passing and in the year we commemorate his centenary.  We trust that the film will motivate those who watch it, to follow his example and live by his principles.  We are grateful to Anant and Videovision Entertainment for preserving Madiba’s legacy through this film as well as many others, including MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. One Hundred Years reminds us of our responsibility to Madiba’s Legacy.”

Edmund Mhlongo, Director of the KZN African Film Festival said, “We are thrilled to open KAFF 2018 with CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED and honour the life of Nelson Mandela who departed on the very same day in December 2013! We celebrate him – the Father of the Nation, role model and Africa’s elder who contributed so much towards the decolonisation of the continent and as someone who was a lover and supporter of the arts! Videovision Entertainment has always been supportive of the work we do, and has partnered with us annually to ensure that film is appreciated in communities as part of our contribution towards sustainable audience development in our province.”

CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED traces Mandela’s life from his roots in the rural village of Mveso, to becoming one of the greatest statesmen the world has ever seen. The film takes us beyond the political and into the personal, and features exclusive interviews with family members, close friends, comrades, politicians and international celebrities, telling us the story of a man who became an international icon.

CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED had its World Premiere at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on 8 July and was screened in Moscow on 18 July by the South African Embassy as part of the official Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations.

The KwaZulu Natal African Film Festival will run from 5 to 9 December under the auspices of the Kwa Mashu Community Advancement Projects at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, B25 Giya Road, Kwa Mashu.


For further information:
Nilesh Singh
Tel: 031 204-6050
E-mail: nilesh@videovision.co.za

AWARD-WINNING ‘YESTERDAY’ TO BE BROADCAST ON eMOVIES FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

The award-winning film, YESTERDAY starring Leleti Khumalo will be broadcast on eMovies (Channel 106 on OpenView HD and 138 on DStv) on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at 21h35 with repeats on Monday, 3 December at 01h20 and at 08h45. Produced by Anant Singh and directed by Darrell James Roodt, YESTERDAY stars award-winning actress, Leleti Khumalo who is currently the lead in e.tv’s daily drama, IMBEWU: THE SEED.

YESTERDAY follows the plight of a rural woman who falls ill and discovers that she is HIV positive. Her husband, a migrant mineworker, refuses to accept her condition and she is left to fend for herself and her young daughter, hoping that she will survive long enough to see her daughter start school.

Producer, Anant Singh said, ““YESTERDAY continues to move people and continues to create greater awareness of the many challenges of HIV/Aids. Whilst the battle continues, we are making vast strides in eradicating the disease and the stigma associated with it, so that affected people can lead normal lives. YESTERDAY has played an important role in this regard, not only on our continent but globally.”

Lead actress, Leleti Khumalo commented, “YESTERDAY is a film about hope, especially to the women in rural areas, who encounter life’s challenges with their children. These women find support in each other, but we also need to do our bit and support them, either as a sympathetic ear or shoulder to lean on, and give them motivation, like the film does. It is an honour for me to represent women in YESTERDAY.”

Commenting on the film, Dr. Bruce Walker, Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard who recently hosted a screening of the film for a group of MIT students visiting South Africa said, “YESTERDAY vividly portrays the human dimensions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, tracking the compound challenges of stigma, poverty and disempowerment through the story of one of the 25 million Africans who are currently infected. This powerful film is as important today as it was when first released.”

YESTERDAY, is acknowledged as a ground-breaking film, as it was shot entirely in isiZulu and is the first South African film to receive an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language category, and the only film to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

FILM PRODUCER ANANT SINGH CONDUCTS FILM MASTERCLASS AT DURBAN BUSINESS FAIR

Anant Singh will be participating in the Durban Business Fair on Saturday, 22 September at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. Singh will conduct a Master Class entitled “The Business of Film: Balancing Creativity and Economics” from 12h00 to 13h00.

A resident of Durban, Singh is the founder and Chief Executive of Durban-based Videovision Entertainment which is acknowledged as the country’s leading film production and distribution company. Singh began his film career in 1986 with the production of the anti-apartheid film, A Place Of Weeping which starred Gcina Mhlophe. Singh has produced more than 80 feature films, among which are the Academy Award® nominated films: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Yesterday; as well as such notable film as The First Grader; Red Dust; Cry, The Beloved Country; Sarafina! and Shepherds and Butchers. Singh is also the Executive Producer of Imbewu: The Seed, the daily drama shot in Durban which is broadcast on e.tv.

Commenting on his participation in the Durban Business Fair, Singh said, “It gives me great pride to be conducting a Master Class in my home town. I am thrilled to be sharing my experience as a film producer, and the knowledge that I have gained over the last 35 years with budding filmmakers and young entrepreneurs in the film and television industry, especially those who live in Durban. They are our future filmmakers.”

Singh is passionate about developing Durban as a premier film production centre and will be establishing eThekwini Film Studios on the Natal Command site on the Durban Beachfront. The R7.5 billion development will comprise of essential film production facilities which comprises of sound stages and production workshops, television studios for live broadcasts, editing suites, the Walk of Fame, a backlot set area and a museum of South African Cinema.

The Durban Business Fair which celebrates its 20th edition this year, brings exciting topics and speakers who are leaders in their fields, and is designed to inspire and equip entrepreneurs with the appropriate skills to develop their businesses in a sustainable manner.

Admission to the Durban Business Fair is free and open to the public to attend.

Anant Singh on set of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Anant Singh on set of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

ANANT SINGH’S MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM MINI-SERIES TO BE BROADCAST ON DSTV’S MZANSI WETHU FOR HERITAGE DAY

Producer, Anant Singh announced today that the four-part MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM mini-series will be broadcast on DStv’s Mzansi Wethu (Channel 163) as part of the celebration of Heritage Day. The mini-series will air over two days with Episodes 1 and 2 at 13h30 on 23 September, followed by Episodes 3 and 4 at 13h30 on 24 September. It stars multiple award-winning actor, Idris Elba; award-winning actresses Naomie Harris and Terry Pheto as well as a star-studded cast that includes Tony Kgoroge; Riaad Moosa; Lindiwe Matshikiza; Atandwa Kani; Jamie Bartlett and Deon Lotz.

The MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM mini-series is an inspirational story of struggle, sacrifice, hope and triumph, and serves to broaden and deepen knowledge about Madiba and his lifelong commitment to freedom and democracy in South Africa, and complements the Mandela Centenary celebrations which are currently underway in South Africa and around the world.

Anant Singh commented, “Madiba has left an indelible mark on our country. We celebrate his selfless contribution and his centenary. We are delighted to present this special broadcast of the MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM mini-series to South African audiences on DStv’s Mzansi Wethu channel as we observe Heritage Day.”

The MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM mini-series is an Anant Singh presentation of a Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon, Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa and National Empowerment Fund. The film stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Atandwa Kani, Jamie Bartlett, and Deon Lotz. Music is composed by Alex Heffes with Music Contributions from Caiphus Semenya, Blondie Makhene and Dizu Plaatjies. The Co-Producers are Robert Naidoo, Brian Cox, Vlokkie Gordon, Hlengiwe Makhathini and Executive Producers Geoffrey Qhena, Basil Ford, Philisiwe Mthethwa, Sudhir Pragjee and Sanjeev Singh. Produced by Anant Singh, it is based on Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ with the screenplay by William Nicholson and is directed by Justin Chadwick.

SINGH’S “CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED” SCREENS AT OFFICIAL MANDELA DAY EVENT OF SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY IN MOSCOW

 Producer, Anant Singh screened the documentary feature, CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED which he produced to commemorate the Mandela Centenary at the official Mandela Day celebrations of the South African Embassy in Moscow hosted by Ambassador, Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi.  The screening took place  earlier today at the Lotte Hotel in Moscow and was attended by the diplomatic corps based in Moscow, Russian dignitaries and media.

Speaking at the screening, Singh said, “As we celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, we should reflect on his life and his legacy. A humble leader who readily admitted strengths and weaknesses. A son of Africa and a global giant who inspired his people and the world. To honour him we should all emulate him. We miss him.”

Pictured at the event is Singh presenting the film and historical companion book of the film, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM to Ambassador Sibanda-Thusi.

VIDEOVISION ENTERTAINMENT’S MANDELA CENTENARY ACTIVITIES STRETCH ACROSS THE GLOBE

Anant Singh and Videovision Entertainment are participating in a host of Mandela Centenary events across the world with activities in Russia, the United States and at home in South Africa.

Singh will present the documentary feature, CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED which he produced to commemorate the Mandela Centenary at the official Mandela Day celebrations of the South African Embassy in Russia hosted by Ambassador, Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi on 18 July in Moscow.  The event will be attended by local Russian dignitaries, the media community and the international diplomatic corps based in Moscow. Singh is visiting Moscow for the first time since 1989 when he presented his then banned film, THE STICK at the Moscow Film Festival.  The apartheid censors at the time did not want the film exhibited in South Africa, but the Moscow Film Festival honoured the film with its World Premiere.

On Friday, 20 July, Singh will share a platform with Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Dr. Makaziwe Mandela as guest speakers at the Minnesota Orchestra’s ‘Celebrating Mandela 100’ Concert on Friday, 20 July in Minneapolis in the United States.  The Minnesota Orchestra will be touring South Africa with their ‘Celebrating Mandela 100’ Concert from 10 to 18 August, performing in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg.

Singh’s Videovision Entertainment partnered with the Pearls Mall in Umhlanga, Durban and talented Durban artist and sculptor, Lungelo Gumede to host an exclusive, first-time exhibition of wax sculptures of Nelson Mandela created by Gumede.  The exhibition, which is open free to the public will take place at the Pearls Mall from 13 to 22 July 2018.  To enhance the exhibition, Videovision Entertainment has made available the actual car Mandela was driving when he was arrested in the film, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM.

Speaking from Moscow, Singh said, “It is an honour to use the content we have created and the various products that we have been involved in, to perpetuate Madiba’s legacy in our country and around the world.  Madiba’s legacy is an inspiration to people all over the world and we all have so much to learn from his exceptional example.”

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM MINI-SERIES TO COMMEMORATE NELSON MANDELA’S CENTENARY

Producer, Anant Singh announced today that a four x 1-hour mini-series of the film, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM created to commemorate the Centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth will be broadcast on DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel between 18 and 22 July.  Singh also announced the Mandela Documentary Collection produced by himself which include BEYOND LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM, PRISONERS OF HOPE, A HERO FOR ALL, VIVA MADIBA and the flagship film produced especially for the Mandela Centenary, CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED, will also be broadcast on the Tribute Pop-up Channel over the same period.

The MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM mini-series stars multiple award-winning actor, Idris Elba; award-winning actresses Naomie Harris and Terry Pheto; Tony Kgoroge; Riaad Moosa; Lindiwe Matshikiza; Atandwa Kani; Jamie Bartlett and Deon Lotz, and is produced by Singh.

The mini-series tells the Madiba story in a more detailed manner – his childhood ; adapting to life in the big city of Johannesburg; becoming politicized, then incarcerated for almost three decades and ultimately becoming President of a democratic South Africa. The MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM mini-series is an inspirational story of struggle, sacrifice, hope and triumph, and serves to broaden and deepen knowledge about Madiba and his lifelong commitment to freedom and democracy in South Africa, and complements the theme of the Mandela Centenary Commemoration, Be The Legacy.

Commenting on the creation of the mini-series, Singh said, “During the production, we shot an enormous amount of footage that was not used in the feature film due to time limitations, and decided to create the mini-series.  We are very pleased that this enables us to tell the complete Madiba story as it includes scenes of his childhood in the Transkei; being sent to live with the Tembu Regent, Jongintaba; his move to Johannesburg and experiencing the vibrance of Sophiatown and its destruction and his internship with the Johannesburg law firm, Witkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman and many other watershed moments in his life.  We are thrilled to share our vision of a four-part mini-series of Madiba’s journey with South African audiences as we celebrate his 100th birthday.”

Singh’s Mandela Documentary Collection covers the period beginning shortly before South Africa’s first democratic elections to his passing in December 2013:

  • COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM: This film documents the first free and fair election in South Africa and includes exclusive access to Nelson Mandela as he took the final steps on his walk from prisoner to president.
  • PRISONERS OF HOPE: This documentary charts the reunion on Robben Island of 1 250 of its former political prisoners led by President Mandela.
  • A HERO FOR ALL: The film tracks the activities of President Mandela from the run-up to South Africa’s first democratic elections and throughout his presidency.
  • VIVA MADIBA: This is the story of a rich life, a record of comradeship, and a new glimpse into historical and personal facets of this great man’s rise from an anonymous child to a world icon, restoring our faith in the power of change, and celebrating the man who shaped the destiny of a nation.
  • BEYOND LONG WALK TO FREEDOM: This fascinating five-part series examines the history and issues behind Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom through the use of original interviews with Mr. Mandela and the people who knew him well.
  • CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED, produced especially for the Mandela Centenary celebrations, traces Mandela’s life from his roots in the rural village of Mveso, to becoming one of the greatest statesmen the world has ever seen. The film takes us beyond the political and into the personal, and features exclusive interviews with family members, close friends, comrades, politicians and international celebrities, telling us the story of a man who became an international icon.

Singh added, “I am fortunate to have had unprecedented access to events with Madiba after his release from prison, and to record historic events for posterity through the production of these films which remind us of Madiba’s legacy and his selfless leadership.  We are delighted to have partnered with DStv to broadcast them as part of the Mandela Centenary celebrations.”

“This is a very special five-day pop-up channel to honour and celebrate the extraordinary life and legacy of the global icon Nelson Mandela; a man whose life-long commitment to justice and freedom shaped the world. We pride ourselves in only acquiring the very best content and couldn’t have asked for a better line-up. Thank you to world-renowned Videovision Entertainment for their contribution,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO, MultiChoice.

DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel can be found at Channel 199 on the DStv bouquet.

SINGH’S MANDELA CENTENARY TRIBUTE FOR DURBAN FILM FESTIVAL

CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED, the documentary feature conceptualised and produced by Anant Singh to commemorate the Nelson Mandela Centenary will be screened at the Durban International Film Festival which will run from 19 to 29 July.  The film was produced with the support and endorsement of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Anant Singh commented, “I have always been fascinated with Madiba’s lifestory and began communicating with him while he was in prison about making a film about him. Over the years I have made a number of films about Madiba, documenting important events and I felt that it was important to mark his 100th birthday with a special tribute.  CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED is this tribute.  It gives us a glimpse of Madiba’s rich life, traversing the personal and public spheres of his life, giving us a holistic view of the man who was the face of South Africa’s liberation struggle and who became one of the most revered leaders of our time.  Madiba left us a great legacy of selfless leadership and we are delighted to be perpetuating this legacy through this film.  I am delighted to be showcasing CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED at the 39th Durban Film Festival and to share Madiba’s amazing story with the festival audience.”

CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED traces Mandela’s life from his roots in the rural village of Mveso, to becoming one of the greatest statesmen the world has ever seen. The film takes us beyond the political and into the personal, and features exclusive interviews with family members, close friends, comrades, politicians and international celebrities, telling us the story of a man who became an international icon.

Enhanced with authentic re-enactments, CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED features family and friends of Nelson Mandela among whom are his widow, Graca Machel; his late ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela; his daughters Zenani and Zindzi Mandela; fellow Robben Island prisoners, Ahmed Kathrada and Walter Sisulu; ANC President in exile, Oliver Tambo; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; former US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and a host of global celebrities including Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Whoopi Goldberg and Blair Underwood.

CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED has been scheduled to screen at the Durban International Film Festival on Friday, 27 July.

FILM PRODUCER ANANT SINGH ANNOUNCES MANDELA CENTENARY INITIATIVES

Following on today’s briefing by Minister Jeff Radebe on the Centenary Celebrations of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu and the Comprehensive National Programme for the Centenary, film producer Anant Singh outlined a package of films perpetuating the legacy of Madiba and Ma Albertina Sisulu that will be released as part of the Centenary celebrations.

Anant Singh said, “I am honoured to have enjoyed a personal relationship with Madiba, commencing while he was in prison when I asked to make a film about his life.  I have  recorded significant events which have enabled us to produce these films that will support the Centenary celebrations following its theme, ‘Renewing the Mandela legacy and promoting active citizenship in a changing world’.  Our flagship project to celebrate Madiba’s centenary year,  CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED gives us a glimpse into Madiba’s rich and inspirational life.  Madiba left us a great legacy of selfless leadership and we are delighted to be sharing his rich legacy on film with the world as we celebrate his 100th birthday.”

CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED, a documentary feature produced with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.  Enhanced with authentic re-enactments, CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED features family and friends Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Joe Slovo, Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton and many others.

CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED will have its World Premiere at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Sunday, 8 July.

In addition, other films that will be released during Mandela Month include:

  • MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Mini-series:  A four-part mini-series especially created to commemorate the Centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, based on the film MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM.
  • BEYOND LONG WALK: This fascinating five part series examines the history and issues behind Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom through the use of original interviews with Mr. Mandela and the people who knew him well.
  • COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM: This film documents the first free and fair election in South Africa and includes exclusive access to Nelson Mandela as he took the final steps on his walk from prisoner to president.  It presents an intimate and independent chronicle of ten days of change in an event of global importance, taking the audience inside President Mandela’s campaign.
  • PRISONERS OF HOPE: This documentary charts the reunion on Robben Island of 1 250 of its former political prisoners led by President Mandela.  This historic event of former prisoners meeting in their place of incarceration features emotional footage of comrades and their fascinating anecdotes as they reminisce their experiences as prisoners on Robben Island.
  • A HERO FOR ALL: The film tracks the activities of President Mandela from the run-up to South Africa’s first democratic elections and throughout his presidency. With unprecedented access to President Mandela, the film examines him as a charismatic figure, an icon and moral force and the excitement of a farewell tour of the United States and covers Mandela’s fanfare visit to New York and the ceremony in Washington where he became the 100th person to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour, the highest honour of the United States of America.
  • VIVA MADIBA: This is the story of a rich life, a record of comradeship, and a new glimpse into historical and personal facets of this great man’s rise from an anonymous child to a world icon, restoring our faith in the power of change, and celebrating the man who shaped the destiny of a nation.  It is a celebration of an icon, a titan of our times and a giant among men.

Videovision Entertainment has entered into a partnership with DSTV to broadcast these films on their Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel between 18 and 22 July 2018 on channel 199.

Nelson Mandela on Robben Island in November 2003 with international and local artists who performed in the 46664 Concert in Cape Town