With Nelson Mandela Movie, The Culmination Of A Winding Trek

Mandela inspired music, movies, poems

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2002 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and American talk show host Oprah Winfrey participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, South Africa. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the world’s most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

I always felt you had to tell the full biopic, he said. In order to understand the journey you had to understand the foundation. Though respectful in many ways, the movie is willing to look at Mandelas foibles, particularly a failed first marriage and a fraught relationship with several of his children. Mandela said I failed my family to serve the revolution, and we wanted to show that, Singh said. Singh and Chadwick also make the choice to continue the story for another mini-act an epilogue to some, but critical to them after Mandelas 1990 release from prison and the ANCs rise to power over the years that followed. Fears of black revenge seized many whites at the time, and Mandela made the call, over the objections of members of his own party, to share power with the former white minority government run by F.W. de Klerk until those fears were quelled. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Thats the true sign of leadership, Singh said. Because it would have been a lot easier, given everything he had been through, to say no to share power. (It should be noted that it is not the first movie to deal with the subject of Mandela in recent years, following a Jennifer Hudson film centering on Winnie Mandela and Clint Eastwood ‘s 2009 rugby drama “Invictus,” in which Morgan Freeman plays the human-rights leader.) In the U.S., “Mandela” will come out six weeks after the release of Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” its depiction of violent 20th century racism in South Africa providing a kind of tragic bookend to the McQueen film about the brutality of slavery in the U.S. South circa the mid-19th century.
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Actors who have portrayed Nelson Mandela on screen

It’s truly unbelievable.” Elizabeth Alexander, who read the inaugural poem at the swearing-in of President Obama in 2009, had years earlier written “A Poem for Nelson Mandela,” which featured the lines: “Nelson Mandela is with me because I believe/in symbols; symbols bear power; symbols demand/power; and that is how a nation/follows a man who leads from prison/and cannot speak to them.” View gallery FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2003 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, from left, w It took some daring to support Mandela during his prison years, when Mandela and the political movement he led, the African National Congress, were on international terrorist lists and opinions about him often divided between liberals and conservatives.
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