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Dear Mandela

Producer: Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza
Runtime: 56:46

Premieres January 29th on WORLD Channel. Almost two decades after the end of apartheid three young activists living in a shanty town take the South African government to court for forced evictions in their township, fighting political odds that put even their lives at risk. Directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza.

by Dara Kell + Christopher Nizza

Website: http://www.DearMandela.com

Behind the Scenes

Dear Mandela Chat

Dear Mandela Chat

AfroPoP 5.0 (Host Chat)

AfroPoP 5.0 (Host Chat)

AfroPoP Crew Chat

AfroPoP Crew Chat

Dara Kell

Dara Kell

Filmmaker/Crew

Dara Kell is an award-winning South African documentary and television editor. Her editing work includes Academy Award-nominated Jesus Camp; The Reckoning (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival) and Emmy Award-winner Diamond at the Rock. Her clients include National Geographic, Discovery Network, History Channel and MTV. She was a field producer for the Amnesty International documentary, Human Rights, Human Needs, and has edited short films for Human Rights Watch and the MacArthur Foundation. Dara is also a media educator and facilitates camera and editing trainings with grassroots groups across the United States. She graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Journalism in Documentary Filmmaking and Political Science. Her thesis film Indlini Yam (In My House) won the Dolphin Award for Best Documentary.

Christopher Nizza

Christopher Nizza

Filmmaker/Crew

Christopher Nizza is a New York City born, bred and based filmmaker and editor. His Emmy Award-winning work includes documentaries and television shows (Hollywood DC, Ironman Triathlon, Dakar Rally, Iditarod) as well as video game commercials and music videos. He edited and produced feature-stories and teases at Figure Skating during last year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver, NBC’s highest-rated venue at the Games. Nizza is a founding member of the University of the Poor, a project dedicated to using video and new technologies as part of a broad movement to end poverty. As part of this work he collaborated with other filmmakers and community groups to make Crisis, U.S.A., Copy This Tape and Learning as we Lead. These short documentaries have been used in educational programs at hundreds of grassroots meetings and university classes across the United States.

Production Stills