Weekend Film Series Features Mandela, Bees

February 11, 2014

The role that music played in the remarkable life of South African statesman Nelson Mandela is the focus of an award-winning documentary screening at the Weekend Film Series on Sunday, February 16.

“Music for Mandela,” winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver, will screen at 3.00pm in the Tradewinds Auditorium of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

It will be followed by the award-winning documentary, “More Than Honey,” at 5.15pm. The winner of 11 international awards, “More Than Honey” explores the global bee crisis. Beekeeper Jenny Faries will provide an update on Bermuda’s bee population and take audience questions after the screening.

Tickets are on sale now at the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 294-0204.

Including musical performances by Ladysmith Black Mambazo [Mandela’s favourite group], Vusi Mahlasela, and the Soweto Gospel Choir, “Music for Mandela” explores how resistance songs kept hope alive for the anti-apartheid movement even as its most prominent leaders were imprisoned.

Music for Mandela official trailer:

Friends, and fellow political prisoners, Ahmed Kathrada and Eddie Daniels, feature prominently in the film, as does Mandela’s grandson, hip hop artist Bambatha Mandela.

Former exiled musicians, current international artists, music historians and South African community volunteers – who use music today to motivate and educate the country’s youth – also feature in this stirring tribute both to the man himself and to the ultimate power of music.

Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are dying off in the spectacularly beautiful film, “More Than Honey.”

With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis.

The film won Best Documentary prizes at the German, Swiss, Austrian, and Bavarian film awards, claimed the Best Documentary prizes at the Zurich and Santa Barbara film festivals, and won the Audience Award at the UK Green Film Festival, as well as being Switzerland’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

More Than Honey official trailer:

The ‘Weekend Film Series,’ sponsored by Gosling’s, is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival director Duncan Hall and the BUEI.

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