This has been the most repeatedly screened mini-series ever shown on television in the U.S. By 1992, over three hundred fifty million viewers had seen it. This mini-series dislodged The Hunters (1957) and The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) and its sequels as the prime shaper of American perceptions of "tribal" history in southern Africa. The series even achieved cult status. The U.K. actors and actresses who worked on the project were nearly blacklisted by the U.N.
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Based on Joshua Sinclairs novel "Shaka Zulu", which was based on Zulu oral tradition.
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The filming set of this mini-series was intended to be used for additional big screen and television productions, but with the slump in the South African film industry at the time, it wasn't sustainable. So the enterprising owners, passionate about Zulu heritage and culture, turned the set into a cultural hotel and conferencing venue, which has gone on to become a very successful stopover for international tourists wanting an authentic Zulu experience.
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This Crawford Production has been rescaned from a negative print and reframed for a 16:9 presentation and aired on the WIN Network in Australia in November 2017.
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