Destroyed homes, threats at gunpoint and high-court action, this battle by three young people to stand up for their rights is a testimony to people power.

Their shantytowns are being demolished by the government and people are being forced to leave at gunpoint. But this isn't what Nelson Mandela's people fought for say three young activists who are furious at the harsh treatment of their slum communities in Durban, South Africa. They start a new movement to fight for their constitutional rights and take the government to court to halt mass evictions. But playing politics turns nasty when a murderous mob attacks the settlement and scares its supporters. Will they be beaten? Can they bear the sacrifice needed to challenge those in power? It's a journey of three brave young hearts demanding what they were all promised by Mandela – a home.

What the audience said

'Nice venue. Inspiring film. Timely showing.'

'Very inspiring'

'Just brilliant! Keep up the good job'

'I didn't expect to see such an inspiring and powerful documentary. It was a nice surprise.'

'Wonderful film - thanks for organising'


For future screenings of film visit the Dear Mandela websitefor more information HERE.

Alternatively you can organise your own community screening of the film. To do this e-mail and request a community screening kit!


Sign Amnesty International's petition to stop forced evictions in Africa - click HERE.

Learn more about Abahlali baseMjondolo - the Shack Dwellers Movement of South Africa, they have a fantastic website with a rich library of articles and readings.

Dear Mandela is about a social movement in South Africa, but there are similar movements all around the world. Click HERE to find a few of the organizations that you can get involved with or support.