Director Thomas Allen Harris has begun post-production editing on TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA, his epic new film about the anti-apartheid struggle and a quest for reconciliation between a South African father and his African American son.
Sam Pollard, known for his many award-winning documentaries (JIM CROW, 4 LITTLE GIRLS, EYES ON THE PRIZE) as well as his work as editor on Spike Lees films (MO BETTER BLUES, JUNGLE FEVER, BAMBOZZLED) will be the film editor.
TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA centers on the story of Pule ("Lee") Leinang, as he struggles to free his country from the horrors of apartheid, while also struggling to win the love and respect of his African-American stepson. Spanning more than forty years, this feature length documentary will capture three defining periods of the Disciples lives: Exodus, Exile and Homecoming.
TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA is directed by Thomas Allen Harris, produced by Harris and Woo Jung A. Cho with St. Clair Bourne as executive producer and Paul Carter Harrison as the script consultant. Vernon Reid (LIVING COLOUR and founder of the Black Rock Coalition) will compose original music for the film.
The film is a co-production with Johannesburg-based Curious Pictures and Harris New York-based Chimpanzee Productions and is financed by funds from ITVS, the PBS agency for independent producers, the National Black Program Consortium, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, the Paul Robeson Fund and the South African Free State Ministry of Sports, Arts Culture and Technology.