Voices from the Island

Nelson Mandela and his fellow ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on South Africa's Robben Island. For three decades, the island housed not only political prisoners but convicts, lepers and the mentally ill. Yet amidst the hopelessness, Nelson Mandela and his comrades devised strategies and subterfuges with which they transformed life on the island, while the vision of a new South Africa began to take shape. (1994)

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BBC Four Arena at 40 Collection

BBC Four Arena at 40 Collection
This programme is part of a collection of classic documentaries chosen to celebrate Arena's 40th anniversary.

Arena at 40

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Programmes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required.


Role Contributor
ParticipantNelson Mandela
DirectorAdam Low
Series EditorNigel Finch
Series EditorAnthony Wall

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