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  • Still from Twelve Disciples Of Nelson Mandela

    Still from Twelve Disciples Of Nelson Mandela

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  • The Twelve Disciples in Dar-Es-Salaam, circa 1962

    The Twelve Disciples in Dar-Es-Salaam, circa 1962

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  • The Twelve Disciples burn their passbooks, 1960, Bloemfontein, South Africa

    The Twelve Disciples burn their passbooks, 1960, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  • Thomas Allen Harris with his Family in the Bronx, NY, circa 1977

    Thomas Allen Harris with his Family in the Bronx, NY, circa 1977

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    Archival photo of The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

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The Film

In the wake of his stepfather’s death, Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey of reconciliation with the man who raised him as a son but whom he could never call “father.” As part of the first wave of black South African exiles, Harris’s stepfather, B. Pule Leinaeng, and his eleven comrades left their home in Bloemfontein in 1960. They told the world about the brutality of the apartheid system and raised support for the fledgling African National Congress and its leader, Nelson Mandela. Drawing upon the memories of the surviving disciples and their families, along with the talent of young South African actors who portray their harrowing experiences, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela tells an intimate story of family and home against the backdrop of a global movement for freedom.

The Filmmaker

  1. Thomas Allen HarrisProducer/Director