July 17, 2012 by Bianca Consunji Like+1SharePin ItShareNelson Mandela, the first black South African president, is celebrating his 94th birthday — no small feat for a man who spent 27 years as a political prisoner in a country torn apart by apartheid for decades.To commemorate the occasion, Prezence Digital Production created an information-packed but easily digestible video detailing the events of Mandela’s life. The four-minute video is a quick tour of Mandela’s timeline, told through a combination of hypothetical Facebook status updates, tweets, Instagram photos and Foursquare check-ins. It contains archival photos and actual quotes from Mandela, relatives, friends, political figures and media outlets.For instance, a Facebook update about Mandela’s divorce from his wife elicits sympathetic reactions from friends, including fellow anti-apartheid activist Walter Sisulu. ”First you get arrested and now Evelyn leaves you,” says Sisulu in the video. “These are hard times my friend, keep strong!”Mandela “replies” with a famous quote: “”The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.”Fondly called “Madiba” – his honorific clan name - in his homeland, Mandela was a powerful figure in the anti-apartheid movement.
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