Media Arts Program
 


Friday, September 22, 2006

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The Experimental Television Center and WNED

Thomas Allen Harris

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Presented at:
Hallwalls



Join us for a preview screening of Harris' latest documentary, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, which will air on PBS' POV series later this fall. Winner of the 2006 Pan African Film Festival.

Confronted by the death of his stepfather, Director Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey of reconciliation with the man who raised him as a son but whom he could never call “father.” B. Pule Leinaeng (“Lee”) was an ANC foot soldier, who sacrificed his life for the freedom of his country. As part of the first wave of South African exiles, Lee and his eleven comrades left their home in Bloemfontein in 1960 to broadcast to the world the brutality of the apartheid system and to raise support for the African National Congress (ANC) and its leaders, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo. Drawing upon the memories of the surviving disciples and their families, young South African actors portray the harrowing events of the exodus and exile and in so doing, forge their own reconciliation between the generations.


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Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.