History Africa to air Idris Elba doc

A+E Networks have acquired the rights to air Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me on History in Africa later this year.
May 29, 2015

A+E Networks have attained rights to air Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me on History in Africa later this year.

The one-hour documentary, produced by Idris Elba (pictured) and directed by Daniel Vernon, closely follows Elba’s journey of self-discovery as he crafts an album of South African music, Mi Mandela, curated in honor of Nelson Mandela and his own late father.

Distributed by London- and LA-based Content Media, the documentary was produced in partnership with Green Door Pictures, Shine North, Woodcut Media and Bob & Co.

“We are excited to bring this fantastic new piece of content to Africa,” Rachel Job, director of programming for History at A+E Networks UK, said in a statement. “Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me will resonate with our History viewers, as it brings to life a remarkable personal story combined with the musical culture and history of South Africa.

Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me was an incredibly fulfilling project and I’m thrilled to bring the film to Africa,” the film’s producer added.

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