Every April evening in the few minutes before midnight, the words of Nelson Mandela take over the billboards in Times Square. The Power of Words , a short video that displays select quotes from Mandela’s speeches, fills up select screens from 11:57 p.m. to midnight. The Power of Words is a preview of a project of the same name that will culminate in five short narrative films that celebrate and interpret the words of the South African leader. The initiative is a collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Times Square Alliance, and Montblanc.
At the forefront of the project are two of Mandela’s grandsons, Kweku, 28, and Ndada, 30, who are co-founders of African Rising Foundation. The cousins hosted a special screening of the film on April 19, with Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Institute, in attendance.
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