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actor Idris Elba as an elderly version of the man who spent 27 years in jail under white minority rule. After he was freed



Naomie Harris, who starred in the James Bond movie "Skyfall," plays the role of Winnie Mandela, Mandela's second wife and a powerful figure in the anti-apartheid movement in her own right. The couple later divorced.
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British Actress Naomie Harris, during a news conference held on the eve of the South African premier …
Zindzi Mandela, one of the couple's children, said she had seen the movie with her mother and that it was an emotional experience. Mandela, she said, is often defined by his prison experiences and his fight against apartheid, but she was pleased to see that the movie also focuses on the traditional values of hierarchy, structure and discipline that shaped him in his early years in the rural Eastern Cape.
"Those values are what made him better able to face challenges ahead of him," she said.

Mandela movie to open this month in South Africa



JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was amused by the elaborate makeup process a British actor went through to play him in a film based on his autobiography, the movie's producer said Saturday of a special screening for the former South African president last year.
"Is that me?" Anant Singh, the South African producer of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," recalled a smiling Mandela as saying when he saw a picture of actor Idris Elba as an elderly version of the man who spent 27 years in jail under white minority rule. After he was freed, Mandela led South Africa through a difficult transition to its first racially inclusive elections in 1994, a historic event that propelled him to the presidency and inspired many around the world.
"I said, 'Madiba, you really think it's you?'" Singh replied, using Mandela's clan name. He then explained that Elba sat through more than five hours of makeup before filming even began. Singh had visited Mandela at his home in Qunu, in South Africa's Eastern Cape province. Mandela, 95, has stayed in a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, several times since December and remains critically ill at his Johannesburg home.
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Weinstein & Coca-Cola Team Up For Free ‘Mandela’ College Screenings

Nelson Mandela is touring America. In conjunction with Coca-Cola, the Weinstein Company will be offering free screenings of its biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom to college students. The eight-city tour starts tonight in NYC with a 6 PM screening at AMC Lincoln Square for Columbia and Fordham students. Harvey Weinstein will introduce a Q&A session with leads Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie Mandela, and director Justin Chadwick. Student screenings also will be held at UCLA on November 18 and Georgetown in DC on November 20. Dates will be announced later for schools in Seattle, Houston, New Orleans, Boston and Atlanta. “I’m thrilled that Coca-Cola is going to enable thousands of college students to see Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and learn about the life story of Nelson Mandela,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “They are helping a new generation of leaders be inspired by our greatest.” The Anant Singh-produced pic opens November 29 in LA and NYC and goes wide on Christmas Day.

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Nelson Mandela, revered statesman and anti-apartheid leader, dies at 95








Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection.
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The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate was a beloved figure around the world, a symbol of reconciliation from a country with a brutal history of racism.
Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa's apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation's first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.


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