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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful, profound series about the life of Nelson Mandela.

TV BET Drama 2017
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Based on two of Nelson Mandela's autobiographies, this powerful docudrama offers insights about the late South African president's personal commitment to fighting injustice, and the many struggles he endured as a result. Mandela, (often affectionately referred to "Madiba" or "father" by South Africans), is portrayed as a passionate figure committed to the anti-apartheid movement, but one who was willing to put the cause in front of his family and friends. Furthermore, the series reveals the racially diverse group of people also committed to the movement, including white South African activists like Joe Slovo and Ruth First, and Ahmed Kathrada, who is South African Indian.

Those who have limited knowledge of the the anti-apartheid movement may find it a little harder to follow some of the discussions pertaining to the complicated politics of the time, including the tensions between the African National Congress and more violent factions. The intricate restructuring and racial diversification of the government once apartheid ends may also feel a little dense. Regardless, Madiba offers a profound viewing experience, and no doubt that those who tune in will be inspired.

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