Dubai Film Fest: ‘mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ Media Events Canceled

Mandela movie to open this month in South Africa

DUBAI — The Dubai International Film Festival organizers have opted to cancel all media activities surrounding the screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom as “a mark of respect” following the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday. our editor recommends PHOTOS: Nelson Mandela With His Hollywood Friends The movies gala red carpet screening, set for Tuesday evening, will go ahead as planned, organizers said. However, the gala’s walkway will be closed to all photographers and videographers, and no photography or videography will be permitted within DIFF HQ from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday evening. “We trust that our media partners will appreciate these amendments to the schedule as an appropriate tribute to a noble statesman and inspirational leader of our time,” junket organizers said.
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Mandela, I’d like to recommend six great movies that relate to his life in a number of ways. Amongst the six below are three films that address race, poverty, and humanity in South Africa.
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Mandela movie ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ gets South Africa premiere

“During the preparation for ‘Mandela,’ I was very nervous about my abilities, my capabilities as an actor,” Elba told CNN. “But then it came to me as I was playing a 70-year-old man (that) if you put your mind on something you can actually do it,” added Elba, famous for his role as a drug kingpin in U.S. TV series “The Wire.” Read this: How Mandela became a brand Mandela, 95, did not attend the premiere as he remains in critical but stable condition in his Johannesburg home, where he is being looked after by a team of military doctors. Yet relatives, friends and former freedom fighters all joined the movie’s cast and crew in what was an exciting and emotional gathering. Rugby great: I would’ve hugged Mandela Nelson Mandela released from hospital “It’s going to evoke a lot of sad memories for me,” Ndileka Mandela, the former President’s granddaughter, said at the red carpet before the film’s screening.
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Honoring Nelson Mandela Through Film

“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. Singh and members of the cast spoke at a news conference in Johannesburg Saturday hosted by the Nelson Mandela


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