In 1964, South African civil rights campaigner, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment. From the dock he said “I have cherished the ideal of a free society in which all persons live in harmony … it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”.
After 27 years he was released on February 11th 1990 and four years later he was elected President of South Africa, in the country’s first-ever free elections.
In 2001 Mandela, joined the people of London in Trafalgar Square, to celebrate the 7th anniversary of free elections in South Africa. Mandela along with REM, The Corrs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dave Stewart, Hugh Masekela and Baaba Maal who took part in a special night.. The television special directed and produced by Tony Gregory is now being re-mastered for a 2013 release, with net profits going to The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and HRH Prince Charles’ Princes Trust.
Tony Gregory, director said “this was an historic event – the sense of joy, celebration and harmony from the crowd and the artists that day shows us what a world we could have – I hope, by seeing it again, it reminds us we all play a part in keeping Mandela’s legacy alive for all time”.
Dominic Saville, Executive producer “It is a great pleasure to be working with the producers in making this momentous day available for broadcast again. I remember the night as if it was yesterday, and the emotion of Nelson Mandela speaking to an adoring audience, and watching REM perform one of their finest sets as the sun set on this incredible day.”
A Straight Media Production in association with 3DD Entertainment.
Running time 60 minutes