Trish Downing of Ster-Kinekor gave a quick introduction to guest speakers and by far the most compelling was Dr Peter Magubane (an acclaimed photographer) who presented a slideshow following Dr Mandela for 10 days immediately after his release. To digress a little; in anticipation of this day, I saw Skin (directed by Anthony Fabian) to set the scene of a "normal" family facing hardships during the apartheid era and this too elevated my excitement of the glorious day.
Emotionally charged; I watched as the man of the moment started his journey to liberating South Africans by gently introducing himself and comically, told us how he earned the name "Nelson."
With great songs of struggle, hope and joy the movie ended, too short if you ask me but the footage that Directors Jo Menell and Angus Gibson (who also sat in the audience) managed to capture a view of the great man's life as we've never really seen it - I was highly impressed!
The 11th of February has officially, and deservingly, been declared Madiba Day by the United Nations -if only we could get the day off too...
Thanks to Total Exposure for the invite - I am truly humbled to have been a part of the evening.
(Pics sourced from www.stagevu.com)