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Dear Mandela (2012)

Documentary Film in Post-Authoritarian Societies: Korea, Taiwan, South Africa

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 3:00pm

IU Cinema

This series showcases documentary films from three post-authoritarian societies to show how societies make sense of their authoritarian pasts through contemporary documentary film. Organized around the themes of “Labor, Land, Dwelling,” and “Political Mobilization,” this series brings together three otherwise disparate contexts— South Africa, Taiwan, and South Korea—and asks how shared experiences of authoritarian rule shape contemporary political, economic, and social aspirations.

When the South African government promises to ‘eradicate the slums’ and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three friends who live in Durban’s vast shantytowns refuse to be moved. Dear Mandela (2012, Kell and Nizza) 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.