Introducing Madiba A To Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela by Danny Schechter
Jacana Media is proud to present Madiba A To Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela by Danny Schechter:
Anant Singh spent sixteen years working on the film Long Walk to Freedom and immersed himself in the learning of every aspect of Madiba’s long life. Through extensive research, books and interviews he and his team would find a wealth of information. Inevitably, in the making of the film characters had to be compressed, events left out and ways invented that could tell a story and sustain interest. The movie alone would not be enough, there had to be more. And so Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela was conceived.
A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others: Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President, to name a few.
“Danny has gone well beyond the task he was given. In Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela, Danny Schechter has written one of the best books yet about Mandela, one that wrestles with the true inner complexity and historical drama of the man and his story, blending together other people’s insights and his own.” – Anant Singh, producer, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
About the author
Danny Schechter is an American journalist and a documentary filmmaker who made six non-fiction films with Mandela and who was asked personally by the filmmakers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to make a three-hour television documentary about the making of the forthcoming film. Schechter has worked in South Africa since the 1960s, which has given him unprecedented access to insiders. Schechter wrote about the liberation struggle and produced a TV news magazine for three years in its most crucial years from 1988–91. Having worked both in public television and for CNN and ABC News, Schechter has also been part of the anti-apartheid movement globally as an activist, earning him the confidence of many anti-apartheid leaders.