South Africans Bid Farewell To Nelson Mandela

Then, when she stepped past the covered viewing stand on the semicircular courtyard of the government headquarters known as the Union Buildings, she slumped to the ground. Video The Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan shares scenes from the memorial for former South African president Nelson Mandela in the late activist’s home country. Steven Mufson The late South African leader stood by Cuba and Libya despite human rights abuses and U.S. objections. Steven Mufson White and black, young and old, bring different perspectives as the anti-apartheid activists life is celebrated. Terri Rupar The U.S. president neither sought out the Cuban leader for a handshake nor tried to avoid him. The last great liberator Max Fisher The South African leader remained a friend of fellow liberation leaders, even ones whod been anything but. I was just overwhelmed by seeing him, she said later. I just went blank, and I collapsed. She said she wondered whether it was really Mandela because his face seemed larger and a bit puffy. I just hope his fight for freedom and peace and forgiveness lives on and doesnt die with him, she said. One day after world leaders gathered at a stadium in Soweto for a televised memorial to Mandela , ordinary South Africans had the chance for a more intimate and personal moment with the anti-apartheid icon. And they came from all over the region, some dressed in formal mourning clothes, some wrapped in the South African flag or the colors of the African National Congress party, but most dressed casually or in a colorful variety of ANC T-shirts.
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Nelson Mandela’s Movie ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Shifts From Tribute to Eulogy, Sets for Christmas Release

The film was released in South Africa in Nov. 28, and limited release on Nov. 29, 2013 in the United States (New York and Los Angeles). Idris Elba and Prince William Windsor at event of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) (Getty Images) Just before Nelson Mandela died, the film premiered in London on Dec.
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Mandela actors hail icon, as new film tipped for boost

Mandela’s daughter Zindzi said on her way into the cinema in London’s Leicester Square that her father was “fine” but “frail”, and that she was “hoping to see more of him.” Freeman said Mandela’s passing should be seen not only in terms of looking at the past, but looking to the future. “As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us,” he said.
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