Nelson Mandela’s Cell Mate, ‘saths’ Cooper, Also An Anti-apartheid Hero

Boxing taught Mandela about the strategy of a fight. Coopers favorite musical was West Side Story, similarly not for the violence but for the spectacle. Learned to listen. As the son of a tribal councilor, Mandela was groomed to counsel rulers of the tribe (recounted in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom). In Coopers path as a psychologist, listening is essential for leadership and reconciliation. Have similar American heroes in Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Cooper adds Mahatma Gandhi.
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Mandela in the Movies: 10 Films About Apartheid

NEW YORK (AP) With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the sweeping biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” transforms in the midst of its theatrical release from a living tribute to a big-screen eulogy. The South African revolutionary and former president, who died Thursday at the age of 95, has long been a compelling figure for movies a hero of uncommon dignity whose dramatic story and titanic accomplishments insured his tale would be told often in film. But arguably the fullest movie portrait of Mandela’s life a film made with his permission and his family’s support was released just six days before his death. News of Mandela’s death broke as “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” played during its London premiere, where Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani were in attendance.
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Mandela film shifts from tribute to eulogy

In Goodbye Bafana, also known as The Color of Freedom, Haysbert is straitjacketed in a beatific supporting role to Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) as James Gregory, Mandelas letter-censorer and prison guard. Denmarks Bille August, whose Pelle the Conqueror won an Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Feature in 1989,directed the movie adaptation of Gregorys brush-with-greatnessmemoir. Dismissed by critic Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian as painfully worthy TV-movie stuff, this is the all-too-familiar, Hollywoodized parable of the myopic white man who comes to see the goodness in black folks. The only blips away from blahness are the prison interchanges between Nelson and Winnie, played by Faith Ndukwana.
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