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The Other Man

It could have been a bloodbath of historic proportions. But instead, one man made the end of apartheid possible. In February 1990, President F.W. de Klerk lifted the ban on the African National Congress and ordered the release of Nelson Mandela. As the world celebrated, Mandela would go on to become South Africa’s first democratically elected president – with de Klerk as his Vice President.

But de Klerk’s history is complicated. He had been a virulent defender of white Africans and their privileges and his own term as president was marred by political violence. What pushed him to reverse his beliefs and jumpstart the process of making South Africa a more equal nation?

Featuring in-depth interviews with de Klerk himself, former president Thabo Mbeki and many others, filmmaker Nicolas Rossier explores the fascinating political journey and legacy of this complex figure.

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 75 & 52 mins
  • Production: BARAKA PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH NAASHON ZALK MEDIA AND DCTV
  • Director: Nicolas Rossier
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: USA

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  • Durban Film Festival, IDFA, It’s All True

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