21 Icons releases Season II documentary ? The Promise of Freedom


21iconsOn Sunday 26 April 2015 at 19h30 on SABC 3, the hour-long documentary ‘The Promise of Freedom’, the culmination of the 21 ICONS South Africa Season II short film series, takes a journey with Nelson Mandela and many of the most influential architects of democracy as they share their experience and unique ability to unite in the face of adversity. The documentary repeats Monday 27 May at 13h00

Broadcast on SABC 3 last year, the Season II 21-week series featured conversations with remarkable South Africans while being photographed, men and women who have captured the world’s imagination with their dignity, humanity, and selfless struggle for a better world. The project was inspired by Nelson Mandela and is the creation of celebrated photographer and filmmaker Adrian Steirn.

Told through the personal chronicles and anecdotes of 21 remarkable South Africans, 21 Icons Season II is a reflection of a nation post Madiba. Using the theme, ‘The Promise of Freedom’, the overarching message is a positive affirmation that South Africans are actively encouraging and enacting Mandela’s legacy. We are moving forward as one. The man may be at rest, but his spirit lives in each of us.

The Season II icons guiding South Africa on its path to greatness are Albie Sachs, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Herman Mashaba, Frene Ginwala, Francois Pienaar, Grace Masuku, Pops Mohamed, Kitty Phetla, James Matthews, Professor Tebello Nyokong, Pieter Dirk-Uys, Pregs Govender, Lucas Radebe, Zubeida Jaffer, Anant Singh, Jill Farrant, Peter Magubane, Zanele Situ, Miriam Tlali, Taddy Blecher and Sandra Prinsloo.

About 21 Icons South Africa

21 ICONS South Africa is an annual collection of photographs and short films of South Africans who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in their fields of endeavour. These men and women have been an inspiration through their extraordinary social contribution. It is not a definitive list and does not denote any ranking.

The short film-series documents the conversations between Steirn as the photographer and filmmaker and the icons. Each short film provides insight into both the subject and photographer’s creative approach to the portrait.

Season two of 21 ICONS South Africa is proudly sponsored by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Momentum Asset Management, Nikon, Deloitte and the Department of Arts and Culture.

Season two debuted on Sunday 03 August and continuing for another 20 weeks, one of 21 short films was screened every Sunday on SABC 3 at 20h27.

On each of these Sundays, a poster of the icon’s portrait, taken by Adrian Steirn and his creative team, was published in the City Press to form a memorable collection.

Media partners include SABC 3, City Press (Media 24), Provantage and Mxit.

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