“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Premieres in South Africa

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 “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” Premieres In South Africa 

The biopic is largely based on Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s autobiography, also called “Long Walk to Freedom.” It traces the life of the revolutionary from his childhood in the rural Eastern Cape, through the anti-apartheid struggle and prison years, to his election as the country’s first democratically chosen black president in 1994. International super star and one of Britain’s leading men, Idris Elba stars as the revered hero and another British import, Naomie Harris co-stars as Mandela’s second wife, Winnie. Perhaps, it is Elba’s Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian roots but it seems when he takes on a lead role in an African centered movie, such as HBO’s “Sometimes in April” he moves the viewing audience to experience a full range of emotions.

Invited to the premiere were relatives and friends of Mandela’s as well former freedom fighters, most of whom could not hide their emotions during the tough apartheid era scenes. Justice Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development told AFP, “I cried many times during the movie because it was so emotional. It depicted not only the struggle by Nelson Mandela but also by the people of South Africa. It broke my heart.” Jaci de Villiers, wife to Gys de Villiers who plays ex-president FW de Klerk, said she wept during the entire film because it also broke her heart.

“We should remember where we come from and that this freedom was hard earned and that it was won at a very, very heavy price” ~ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

The film’s producer, South African Anant Singh and director, Britain’s Justin Chadwick, have done a marvelous job bringing story, 25 years in the making, to life.

On hand for the November 3rd premiere were Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her daughter with Mandela, Zindzi, as well as Mandela’s current wife, Graça Machel and her daughter of previous relationship, Jozina Machal .

President Obama and the White House will host the cast along with Nelson Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela at a special screening scheduled for November 7, 2013. “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” will be released in South Africa on November 28th and is set to premiere in New York and Los Angeles on November 29th.  You can catch the movie nationwide starting on Christmas day.

Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom Premieres in South Africa (1)Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie Mandela, poses with Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela

Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom Premieres in South Africa (2)Idris Elba embraces Winnie Madikizela–Mandela; (Mandela’s second wife)

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Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom Premieres in South Africa (4)Idris Elba sits with Winnie Madikizela–Mandela and her daughter Zindzi Mandela

Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom Premieres in South Africa (3)Idris Elba poses with Graca Machal (L), Mandela’s current wife and her daughter Jozina Machal (R)
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