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Ithaca College to Host Leaders on Discussion of Human Rights and Housing

 ITHACA, NY — Zodwa Nsibande and Mnikelo Ndabankulu, two leaders of South Africa’s Shack Dwellers’ Movement, will present a screening of the award-winning documentary, “Dear Mandela,” at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Free and open to the public, the event will start at 7 p.m. in Textor 102. After the screening, the two leaders, along with filmmaker Dara Kell, will conduct discussions on housing and human rights.

Nsibande and Ndabankulu will also discuss strategies, story-telling and community leadership on Wednesday, Oct. 3., at 6 p.m., at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), 301 W. Court Street, Ithaca.

More than a decade after apartheid ended, millions of South Africans still live in basic homemade shacks. These inhabitants eloquently argue their case for real citizenship rights through the Shack Dwellers’ Movement. “Dear Mandela” tells the true story of three young protagonists who were forced to leave their homes when the government promised to clear the slums of Durban, South Africa’s third largest city. This film follows the young activists as they fight to stand up for their rights in the highest court in South Africa and become leaders in a growing social movement.

The events are sponsored by numerous organizations from Ithaca College, Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College and the greater Ithaca community.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact Lyndsey Lyman at at (607) 341-1054 as much in advance of the event as possible.