Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris' stepfather was one of a small group of young men who went into exile in order to attract worldwide attention to the brutality that was South African apartheid. The media that Leinaeng created informs the film as Harris reaches behind the headlines to tell the stories of the everyday people whose work was so vital to the success of more familiar leaders like Nelson Mandela. We see their triumphs along with the prices they paid. In the process, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela provides an opportunity for viewers to consider more deeply what it means to value freedom and build a democracy.
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