DOCUMENTARY: Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela is a 2006 documentary film about a generation of men who left South Africa to form the African National Congress and spread their message across the world.
Considered terrorists by the U.S. government, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris focuses on his stepfather Benjamin Pule Leinaeng, who was among the first ANC members to leave South Africa in 1960.
Part documentary, part dramatic re–enactment, The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela is both a story about the African National Congress in exile from the perspective of the footsoldiers, and also a son’s journey towards reconciliation with a father. Harris began the film as a tribute to Benjamin Pule Leinaeng, his late stepfather. The project soon became a full exploration of one of the most eventful times in South African history, mixed with personal remembrances of Leinaeng’s time in the United States. Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela won Best Documentary Awards at the 2006 Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival and the Santa Cruz Film Festival, received Honorable Mention as Audience Favorite at the Bermuda International Film Festival, and was nominated for a 2006 Independent Spirit Award.
Directed/Written by Thomas Allen Harris