30 for 30: Season 1, Episode 13

The 16th Man (4 May 2010)

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This documentary showcases the South African "Springbok" National Rugby Team and its impact on South Africa's transition from segregation to integration. It involves interviews with players and political activists along with vintage video.

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If you'd like to watch "Invictus" but cannot spare the time...
23 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you've seen the film "Invictus" you really don't need to see "The 16th Man" or vice-versa. This is because both cover the same material--and both do it very well. And, both star Morgan Freeman (as he narrates "The 16th Man" and starred as Nelson Mandela in "Invictus"). Since I love South Africa and have spent quit a bit of time there, I enjoyed seeing both but the more casual viewer probably needn't see both!

The film is about the famous 1995 international rugby competition held in South Africa--the first since Apartheid ended. But the film is about much more than the game--but about how this event helped to unify the nation and create a sense of brotherhood between the races and what Mandela's part was in all this. It's extremely inspirational and well worth seeing. In fact, my non-sports loving family members also seemed to enjoy this one because it was well made and the story so emotionally charged.


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