Meghan and Harry present Mandela doccie

Netflix announced the release date for Live to Lead, a documentary inspired by the legacy of former South African president Nelson Mandle, presented by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – which hits the streaming platform on 31 December.

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Netflix announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be presenting a docuseries titled Live to Lead. The docuseries is inspired by former president Nelson Mandela.

“Extraordinary leaders reflect on their legacies and share messages of courage, compassion, humility, hope and generosity. Inspired by the iconic legacy of Nelson Mandela, Live to Lead highlights the fundamental values, daily disciplines and guiding principles that leaders employ to motivate others and create meaningful change,” reads the synopsis of the docuseries according to Netflix.

Live to Lead will feature interviews from: 

  • Former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Climate change activist Greta Thunberg
  • Social justice attorney and advocate Bryan Stevenson
  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • South Africa’s national rugby union team captain and social inequality campaigner Siya Kolisi; feminist icon 
  • Social justice activist Gloria Steinem; and anti-apartheid activist and former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Albie Sachs.

Live to Lead is a Nelson Mandela Foundation project created and directed by Geoff Blackwell, and executive produced by Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The docuseries will be released on 31 December and will consist of seven 25 minute episodes.

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Geoff Blackwell weighed in on the documentary.

“This series was conceived while Ruth Hobday and I were working on a book about Nelson Mandela and his prison letters back in 2018. As we worked to absorb 27 years of Mandela’s personal correspondence, reflecting on his brave and selfless commitment to the welfare of others, we were simultaneously confronted by a news cycle relentlessly focused on certain international politicians behaving in precisely the opposite way— shamelessly pursuing their own self-interest, using tactics of division and misinformation to serve power and not the people”.

“This contrast cemented our resolve to honor Mandela’s values by surfacing the stories of leaders who distinguish themselves through their moral courage, the conviction of their ideals and values, and their prioritization of others”.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation stated that they feel there is a crisis of leadership at many levels of society.

“The Nelson Mandela Foundation is proud to announce the launch of a new Netflix Series on effective leadership, in collaboration with Blackwell & Ruth and Archewell Productions. Live to Lead is a seven-episode series of compelling interviews with some of the world’s most respected and effective leaders from different walks of life, inspired by the legacy of Nelson Mandela”.

“Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a proliferation of destructive leaders, who, for instance, control power by closing borders, disseminating misinformation, and stoking fear of people considered to be ‘other’. We feel that there is a crisis of leadership at many societal levels globally”.

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