Airing December 19, 2010 on PBS   Check local listings

A nation teeters on the brink of civil war in this real-life political thriller about the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela. Michael Young, a British businessman working in South Africa, has the audacious hope of bringing both sides of the apartheid conflict together — the entrenched government and the rebel African National Congress (ANC). But when his dream of secret talks is realized on an estate in England, it quickly becomes clear that common ground will be elusive as explosive tensions boil just below the surface. Against a backdrop of danger, terrorism and escalating unrest, a high-stakes chess match plays out, ultimately proving that peace is possible.

The international cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, Kinky Boots), William Hurt (Damages), Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone, Trainspotting), Derek Jacobi (Gosford Park) and Clarke Peters (The Wire).

Learn about the real-life historical figures in Endgame and the actors who portray them.

Michael Young Interview
Meet the British businessman and peace broker at the center of Endgame.

Apartheid Timeline
Find out about the events that strengthened and weakened apartheid in South Africa.

A Journalist's Perspective
Former NewsHour correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault recollects covering apartheid in South Africa.

Behind-the-Scenes Video
Sit across the table from the actors and crew as they talk about the making of Endgame.

Curriculum Connections
Find innovative teaching ideas for using Endgame in a variety of classroom settings. (Acrobat Reader required.)

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