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Video screenings & discussion about Nelson Mandela; Feb. 17th and 25th

In honor of Black History Month in February, the Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to two free video screenings and discussions about the life and work of Nelson Mandela. The two part video series, Mandela: The Living Legend, was produced by the BBC of London.

The screenings will take place on Wednesday, February 17th (Part One) and Thursday, February 25th(Part Two), from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Both screenings will be held in the Teleconference Lecture Hall, on the 4th floor of Alexander Library in New Brunswick.

Discussions about each film will be led after the screenings by Dr. Edward Ramsamy, Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and a member of the graduate faculty in the departments of Geography and Urban Planning and Policy Development.

Mandela: The Living Legend is the story of one of the great icons of our time. This two-part special BBC documentary tells the story of Nelson Mandela, as seen through his own eyes and through the recollections of both famous and ordinary people who have played a part in his life.

Over six months, the team of film makers from BBC Current Affairs have had unprecedented access to the former South African President's busy daily life filming him at home with family and friends, and abroad - as he conducts the important business of the Nelson Mandela Foundation - to reveal new insight into the man.

In a series of exclusive interviews with BBC reporter David Dimbleby, he tells the story of his life: about his early years as a country boy in the Transkei and the day he ran away from home to avoid an arranged marriage; about boxing and dancing and girls; his involvement with the ANC and struggle against Apartheid.

Once labeled a terrorist, he was convicted of treason and jailed for 27 years. On Robben Island, interviewed for the first time from his prison cell, he looks back at the good and bad times, and about how prison changed him. And he talks about the knife-edge negotiations that took him to the presidency, the challenges of office, retirement and the issues he's determined not to ignore.

For more information on these events, to make a reservation to attend either or both screenings, and to request guest parking passes, please contact Marilyn Wilt by email at or by phone at 732/932-7505, ex. 306.

Posted January 22, 2010; January 26, 2010