In ‘Mandela,’ a great man deserves a great film
A group of Zulu traditional dancers with spears and shields gathered nearby to pay their last respects to Mandela. “He’s a first class guy in the world,” dancer Musa Ngunbane said. Ahmed Kathrada, an anti-apartheid activist who was jailed on Robben Island with Mandela, remembered his old friend’s “abundant reserves” of love, patience and tolerance. He said it was painful when he saw Mandela for the last time, months ago in his hospital bed. “He tightly held my hand, it was profoundly heartbreaking,” Kathrada said, his voice breaking at times. “How I wish I never had to confront what I saw. I first met him 67 years ago and I recall the tall, healthy strong man, the boxer, the prisoner who easily wielded the pick and shovel when we couldn’t do so.” Recalling her grandfather’s simple roots, Nandi Mandela said he went barefoot to school as a boy in Qunu, where he herded cattle before eventually became president and a figure of global renown. “It is to each of us to achieve anything you want in life,” she said. In the Xhosa language, she referred to her grandfather by his clan name: “Go well, Madiba.
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Nelson Mandela Funeral: Watch It Here
By Gil Kaufman After a rain-soaked memorial service attended by nearly 100,000 on Tuesday, former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is being laid to rest in his home village in the Eastern Cape province of Qunu. Unlike Tuesday’s public memorial, which featured stirring speeches from the likes of U.S. president Barack Obama and other world leaders and dignitaries and inspired everyone from Beyonce to Rihanna and Ed Sheeran to offer praise today’s final goodbye will be a more private affair. According to the Wall Street Journal , only 4,500 invited guests will gather at Mandela’s home, including president Jacob Zuma and foreign dignitaries, including Britain’s Prince Charles and civil rights icon the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who will represent the United States While locals will be barred from the ceremony, large television screens will be set up around the village to view the funeral, though the burial will remain a private affair for family only. BET.Com is providing a live stream of the events during the special, “BET Remembers Nelson Mandela: The Passing of a Legend.” Tune into BET for complete coverage of Nelson Mandela’s funeral, beginning at 3 a.m. ET and running until 12 p.m. ET and go to BET.com/Mandela for additional stories and remembrances of Mandela. Nelson Mandela
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Msoni Canes Sata over Mandela Funeral
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is cinema as civic statuary, a classic Great Man biopic weighed down by solemnity, duty, and an aversion to artistic risk. Related Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom MPAA Rating: Some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content, brief strong language Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge Director: William Nicholson, based on the autobiography of Nelson Mandela Playing at: Boston Common, Fenway, West Newton, suburbs Its the Official Story of a man who was for nearly 30 years his countrys most unofficial person, and, aside from some youthful randiness early in the film, it wouldnt be out of place at a state funeral. The movie is extremely well produced, it features two excellent lead performancesby Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as his fractious wife Winnieand it is dull. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers. Ty Burr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow him on Twitter @tyburr . Copyright 2013 Globe Newspaper Company.
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Msoni said President Sata defiled the national mourning period he declared for Nelson Mandela and set off on a campaign train in Vubwi which was shocking. Incompetent Zambian President now turns to tired former first Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and tired serving Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott to help represent him in international engagements, said Msoni. There is serious growing concern on the competence and ability of President Sata to continue as President given that he is effectively failing to cope fully with the demand and functions of the office of President. Lately the Zambian President has literally skipped all international engagements including some local important engagements. He adds: The latest being the funeral of Madiba the global icon whose passing is largely viewed in the lens of SADC as a SADC affair where SADC member countries where represented by their Presidents and Head of state either during the memorial service or during the final burial event where Sata was conspicuously missing but delegated both Kenneth Kaunda and Guy scott to represent the Zambian government at both functions. Msoni said President Sata owed Zambians an explanation. But Sata decided to defile his own declared national mourning by going campaigning at little vubwiin the Eastern Province of Zambia shocking Zambian mourners observing and praying for Mandela, he said. No clear explanation so far has been given by Zambian government except for a flimsy reason that Sata prefers to be at home to serve costs. One Trackback
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