Shaka Zulu was a 1980’s TV mini series (movie feel, episodic tv show style) about the Zulu king Shaka.
You follow Shaka’s rise and fall, from birth to death, through 10 episodes. There’s some historical truth, some mysticism, and seemingly some racist overtones. But Shaka Zulu is definitely something to watch.
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