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A film by Lorie Conway

A documentary film based on the book The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

When President Barack Obama responded to the violence and hate in Charlottesville, Virginia, he tweeted a quote from Nelson Mandela. It was the most “liked” tweet. EVER.

Boston Film & Video LLC has received an exclusive first option to produce a companion film to the book, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, (Copyright (c) Nelson R. Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Blackwell and Ruth Limited), to be published in July, 2018.

The book features 250 never-before-published letters written by Mandela during the 27 years he was imprisoned. Few people in such circumstances suffered with the dignity, perseverance, and foresight that Mandela displayed. Today, in a world sorely in need of inspired leadership and action, his words transcend time and place. Through Mandela’s letters from prison, his legacy lives on – as it guides and inspires us to face the challenge of living and governing for the common good.

The companion film to the book will be working titled, BECOMING MANDELA; a feature length documentary, produced and directed by Lorie Conway, an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Boston Film & Video. A South African-based production team will work with her Boston-based team.

The film will focus on 20 or so excerpts from Mandela’s prison letters, selectively chosen to represent ideas, concerns and emotions as he lived a life without freedom. Individuals from a number of African countries and from all walks of life will be invited to convey the great Mandela’s words. Some, if so inspired, may also wish to interpret his words through artistic expression–be it dance, music, song, drumming, or an image. The film will be a mosaic of these individual interpretations, edited with colorized archive images and film, animation and graphics.

The film will seek global distribution and create partnerships for outreach and screenings around the world.

The goal of the film?

To breathe LIFE into Mandela’s words. 

To create a CONNECTION and evoke a RESPONSE to Mandela’s words. 

To BELIEVE in the inspired leadership that is Mandela.

To elevate this great man’s courageous LEGACY within the public domain.

Making the film is contingent on raising the necessary funds.

Fundraising is currently underway.

Please contact Lorie Conway,, for further information.

Associated Members

Lorie Conway, Producer