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Chasing Mandela's Rainbow to date has been officially selected in 37 film festivals and won 7 awards. At Cinema At The Edge Film Festival in Santa Monica, Los Angeles it won Best Documentary - the Audience Award. It has won the Best Education Challenge award at the Helsinki Education Film Festival International. It won the Best Documentary Short Film at the Kosice International Film Festival in Slovakia. It screened in October 2019 as the gala night film of the Toronto South African Film Festival at the famous TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema complex. In November 2019, it was judged the Best Message winner in the youth section at the International Audiovisual Festival for Children and Youth, a film festival in Mérida, Venezuela. It has been bought by four TV broadcasters, UR, a public knowledge television in Sweden just for Swedish TV, Deutsche Welle, a German public television who have broadcasted it worldwide in 4 languages (English, German, Spanish and Arabic) and ShortTV,  broadcast in the USA. It recently broadcasted on eNCA the news channel for etv in South Africa!



Dear Gary, DEUTSCHE WELLE has bought your documentary and will broadcast it in many territories (we don’t have the list yet) in Arabic, Spanish, English and German. The contract is signed and you can communicate through facebook and any other media that your film will be broadcasted worldwide by D.W. Congratulations! Celebrate! Your film will be seen WORLDWIDE on a public television, which is your aim for the development of countries! Best wishes, Pauline at Windrose

Dear Gary, I am delighted to announce that the Knowledge Channel (Kunskapskanalen ) within UR (Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company) and part of the public service broadcasting group in Sweden, with Swedish Radio (SR) and Swedish Television (SVT) will broadcast Chasing Mandela's Rainbow! This will be broadcast in August 2020! Congratulations and well done! Best wishes, Pauline at Windrose

Dear Gary, We just granted non-exclusive educational rights of the English version of your film to Alexander Street Press in America for worldwide distribution. (https://alexanderstreet.com ) That means that your film will be used for educational purposes in schools, colleges, universities and libraries by pupils and professors. Of course, you will get an exhaustive report of all the sales of the year after February. This information is just to make you happy for Christmas time and to give you a good excuse to open a nice bottle and celebrate with your family and friends. Kind regards, Pauline at Windrose Distribution




2019 will mark a quarter of a century of democratic government in South Africa, an important milestone to judge whether its ANC government has achieved success or failure. In the education sector, ‘Chasing Mandela’s Rainbow’ delivers a balanced assessment by investigating a range of privileged and underprivileged black children’s schooling and home lives. It illustrates that the legacy of inequality from the dark days of Apartheid is still entrenched, proving that the more disadvantaged one is there, the harder it is to prosper. It's important to examine education in South Africa in conjunction with children's backgrounds because some of its leaders in government, finance, industry, mining, transport, business and trade have emerged mostly from a liberation movement, who received a bad education as children. For a brighter future it is crucial that the quality of education provided for its leaders and work force is of the highest standard, in order to ensure its citizens adhere to the rule of law and it becomes a stable economic global power in the developing BRICS nations. The film points to both the possibility of a brighter but also the threat of a darker future too. 


Phendulani Buthelezi is destined to become a civil engineer, perhaps also captain of the Springboks. He might even follow in Mandela's footsteps as a leader of exceptional stature and integrity. The traumatised and heroic girl, Andile Mabaso, dreams of becoming a much needed doctor, if she can overcome her ordeals and improve in maths. A child who is most at risk of failing is Mahlatse Mogadingoane. He might either end up in a life of crime, or blossom as a great businessman one day. 

A South African and international audience of all age groups will become aware of South Africa's most pressing problem: that of an underpinning educational inequality which is damaging its socioeconomic prospects and its battle against family breakdown, poverty, crime and corruption. Mandela’s dream of racial harmony and the integration of black, white, Asian and mixed-race people into a future, prosperous society can only be achieved by the provision of quality education for all.