Thursday, January 10, 2013

Miracle Rising: South Africa, coming to History in February as a special documentary about South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy.

You won't hear a date, but History (DStv 186) which hasn't released any information about it is now running an on-air promo across MultiChoice's DStv channels for a new upcoming special documentary, Miracle Rising: South Africa which will be shown next month.

Miracle Rising: South Africa will be shown on History exactly a month from today on 10 February and is a special 93 minute long special documentary looking at South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy and the behind-the-scenes process which took place between 1990 and the 1994 general election as South Africa avoided collapsing into civil war and overcame racial hatred.

Miracle Rising: South Africa will be shown on 10 February to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela's release from prison on 11 February 1990.

No information has been released by History to co-incide with the start of the on-air promo on the pay-TV platform but the documentary was produced by Combined Artists who is also responsible for M-Net's weekly and long-running investigative magazine show Carte Blanche.

Miracle Rising: South Africa is told through the multi-faceted stories as they've witnessed it playing out behind-the-scenes and has been commissioned by A+E Networks UK which runs the History channel from the United Kingdom.

People viewers will see in the documentary range from role players and observers as diverse as Bono from U2, Charlize Theron, FW de Klerk, Sky News' Jeremy Thompson, Alfre Woodard, Mac Maharaj, CNN International's Christiane Amanpour, Desmond Tutu, Cyril Ramaphosa, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Clinton and many others who will all appear in Miracle Rising: South Africa to talk about it and share their first-hand eye-witness accounts.

"The lessons of South Africa has such global repercussions," says Bono from U2 in the documentary. "[It was] years and years of people not feeling like they were equal to another race," says Charlize Theron. "We were building up to a devastating civil war," says FW de Klerk in the special documentary.

"It was on a knife's edge.You could sense it," viewers will see Jeremy Thompson from Sky News say, who used to be a foreign correspondent based in Johannesburg to cover South Africa.