Streaming Mandela

(Above: President Obama speaks at President Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa, 2013. Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary who later became South Africa’s President, was born 100 years ago this Wednesday.

You can start celebrating a day earlier, though, by tuning in to former US President Barack Obama delivering the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. The speech will stream live from Johannesburg at 8 am ET on The Africa Channel’s Facebook page.

The two-and-a-half-hour event is also scheduled to include current South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and former Presidents Jacob Zumaand and Thabo Mbeki. It will also feature music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Peter Gabriel.

The event’s theme is “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.”

If you’d like to continue celebrating Mandela’s centenary online for free, we suggest visiting The South African. or clicking on the links below to stream the Oscar-nominated Mandela (1996), Dear Mandela (2012), Death of Apartheid (1995), Nelson Mandela: The Final Chapter (2013) and Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me (2014).

Here’s Mandela, the Oscar nominee:

In dramas, Mandela has been played by such actors as Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, 2013), Laurence Fishburne (Madiba, 2017), Morgan Freeman (Invictus, 2009)  Clarke Peters (Endgame2009), Terrence Howard (Winnie Mandela 2011), Danny Glover (Mandela, 1987) and Sidney Poitier (Mandela and De Klerk, 1997). Mandela also played himself in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992).

Endgame is available only for Fandor subscribers. All the others, except the Poitier film,which is unavailable for streaming, can be rented or bought through the likes of Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play or YouTube. For complete choices, we recommend visiting JustWatch or Guidebox.

Here, streaming free, is Danny Glover’s Emmy-nominated turn as Mandela:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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