American arts net Ovation TV has bought the U.S. TV rights to the documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring actor Idris Elba.
Produced by Elba’s Green Door Pictures, Shine North and Woodcut Media, the one-hour special will air on February 11.
The Daniel Vernon-directed film follows the British star – who portrayed Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom – as he records an album of music honoring the late South African president and anti-Apartheid leader. Just as he started working on the record, he found out his father had died and the project morphed into an inspirational tribute.
Elba spoke with realscreen about his experience starring in the doc during April’s MIPTV market.
Ovation TV picked up Mandela, My Dad and Me from distributor Content Television, which is the doc’s international distributor.