Documentary | 1 episode of 70min

It is 2014; 20 years after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as the first black president of a free, democratic South Africa. In the backdrop of national celebration; the country returned to the polls on May 7 2014 to choose a new leader. Among the millions of voters, we highlight the generation born after 1994 who had voted for the first time in 2014; a generation known as ‘the born frees.’

The documentary “BORN FREE” focuses on three generations of two black South African families who suffered under apartheid merely because of the colour of their skin : the Pooe and Sibeko families.

The stories of the two families reflect the struggle for freedom in the country: the grandparents, who spent most of their lives as second class citizens and only received the opportunity to vote in 1994; their children who were born in a racist society and grew up under the white minority apartheid regime; and their grandchildren, a generation born in a free South Africa.

Two decades after the momentous free, democratic elections; we follow the run up of the two families leading up the 2014 elections. the journey highlights the milestones achieved in 20 years and the new challenges that South Africa faces as an emerging democracy.


Executive Producer: Monica Monteiro
Director: Bernardo Rebello
Director of Photography: André Miranda
Sound & Camera Assistant : Amilson Lessa Vieira
Content Director: Carlos Alberto Jr.
Producer ( South Africa ): Tracey-Lee Dearham-Rainers
Producer ( Brazil ): Camila Torres
Mounting and Finalization – Daniel Prado

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