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  • Summary: Destroyed homes, threats at gunpoint and high-court action, this battle by three young people to stand up for their rights is a testimony to people power. When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved. Dear Mandela follows their journey from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By
    turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age. (Sleeping Giant)
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Sep 28, 2012
    63
    A devout political documentary that insists that community, dignity, and solidarity are sustaining, but not the baseline by which one should settle.
  2. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 28, 2012
    60
    Following the efforts of a South African housing rights group, the documentary Dear Mandela illustrates how fresh injustices have succeeded the inequality once enforced by apartheid.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Sep 28, 2012
    60
    Triumph follows tragedy as the case unfolds and history is caught repeating, but the larger, more complicated story underlying this brief but bracing missive still feels untold.