Desmond Tutu

 

Nobel Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu First Among Citizens of Humanity

 

Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams along with Jennifer Brunetti, producer, have just completed the production of a short documentary on Nobel Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu. The mini-documentary was shot in Cape Town, South Africa, and will be completed in March 2014.

The film is being commissioned by, and will first be featured on the Citizens For Humanity website, which showcases a number of film shorts on a select but diverse group of innovators who reflect the company’s values, individuals who have made important contributions in their fields despite formidable challenges.

Famed for his leading role in the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa as well as for his continuing work for human rights worldwide, Bishop Tutu opened up to Williams about his life’s work and family. The documentary also features Tutu’s adult children, Naomi, and Theresa, and the workings of the Desmond and Leah Legacy Tutu Foundation.

In making the Citizen’s of Humanity’s short, the filmmakers set out to create an intimate portrait of Bishop Tutu, the man behind his history-making work. Williams notes, “I wanted to make something…that inspires the millennials, the younger generation.”  The short but emotionally compelling portrait will capture a pivotal figure in recent history in all of his warmth, wit, and hope.  The film is being produced by Jennifer Brunetti and directed by Roger Ross Williams.

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