History has ordered flagship documentary about the end of apartheid in South Africa which is to air internationally in 2013.

The A+E Networks-owned broadcaster has commissioned South African indie Combined Artists to produce the 93 minute film which commemorates the 23rd anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

Miracle Rising: South Africa will track the story of the country’s political transformation, climaxing in its first democratic elections in 1994. It includes personal accounts from figures including Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu as well as many unsung heroes.

The film, due to air globally in February 2013, will focus on the four years between Mandela’s release in 1990 and the 1994 elections as the country avoided collapsing into civil war and overcame racial hatred.

A+E Network’s vice president of programming Adam Macdonald, who ordered the doc, said: “I’m hugely proud to be involved in this momentous documentary. We believe this historical event in South Africa is a truly inspirational programme for our global audiences.”

Combined Artists’ producer Michele Sparkes added: “Miracle Rising: South Africa is a documentary that covers a global struggle, quite possibly the first such event in contemporary history, where the efforts and sacrifices of ordinary people coupled with the power of global opinion-makers resulted in a political and societal transformation which has been described as a ‘miracle’ of its time.”