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View All Blog Posts Two things keep “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” from being just another biopic: the life it portrays and the actor in the role. It starts at the cradle and stops short of the grave. Between those two points, it tells the life story of the late Nelson Mandela and the history of the democratic social movement he helped engineer to replace the oppressive South African apartheid system. There is no way the film from British television director Justin Chadwick and “Les Miserables” and “Gladiator” screenwriter William Nicholson, opening in theaters Wednesday can adequately represent the totality of his accomplishments. This, however, does not stop it from trying. And it often does them, and him, justice, with help from Idris Elba, of “Luther” and “The Wire” and the “Thor” films, who appears larger and more muscular than Mandela, and gives a thoughtful performance that captures the man’s essence and contradictions. After seeing 15 minutes of soft-focus, slow-motion tribal upbringing in the African bush, we meet the man he has and will become: lawyer; something of a rake, who fails at one marriage and falls in love with the progressive-minded Winnie, who will become his wife; joins the African National Congress movement to resist white majority rule; becomes its leader and, after the group turns to violence, is imprisoned for 27 years. Winnie, played by Naomie Harris, turns more militant after 16 months in solitary confinement and becomes head of the ANC. But Mandela himself forgives his oppressors as the first step to their downfall and the emergence of a democratic majority rule. This is a period in South Africa’s history whose turbulence Chadwick portrays in scenes of fiery montage. Otherwise, the focus is rarely off Mandela, and Elba is rarely not riveting. We see his ritual tribal marriage to the fiery Winnie and his small rebellions against prison authorities. There are deliberations with representatives of F.W. de Klerk, the president who freed him and later shared a Nobel Peace Prize with him; and Mandela’s emergence from prison, fist raised before a rapturous crowd.
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Mandela’s philosophy and Africa’s under-development
Direct and indirect sanctions against Zimbabwe ruined the economy. When you mention Mugabe, people quickly talk about his age and how long he has been in power. People do not try to find out if the imperialist sponsored possible alternatives are what the country needs. What is more, attempts are not made to find out the number of years and the undemocratic style of governance that prevail among friends of the owners of Structural Adjustment Programme. Have a peep at the whole of the Middle East in order to draw your conclusion. In terms of anti-imperialist struggle, Robert Mugabe stands very tall. Indigenous South Africans do not own the land and no serious attempt has been made to redress this anomaly. The most damaging aspects of Mandelaism is the stance on Reparation and the Jubilee Debt Movement. The Jubilee anti-debt movement was canvassing for the cancellation, of the huge debt South Africa is assumed to owe. These debts are obviously odious. Some victims of apartheid filed lawsuits in New York against some corporations, and demanding reparation for the iniquities of apartheid.
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Movie review: “Mandela” with Idris Elba anchored by dignity, charm
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And now we have “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” a film about another vital chapter in the world’s history the struggle against apartheid in South Africa also through the incredible story of one man, albeit one we know well, and an adored hero of our times. Cinematically, “Mandela,” directed by Justin Chadwick and based on Mandela’s autobiography, is not nearly as groundbreaking, or as powerful, as “12 Years a Slave.” But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t handle its subject with admirable ambition and scope. It is, though, that ambition and scope that also bogs down the movie a bit. Mandela’s life is portrayed here from his beginnings in a rural village to his election as president in 1994 at age 75. That’s a huge amount of ground to cover, even without the newsreel-like scenes of historical context. And so, the film can feel too much like a stock, traditional biopic, with little time to delve into any one thing. The happy news here is Idris Elba’s magnetic performance as Mandela, portraying both the man’s heroic aspects and, at times, his faults: The younger Mandela was rather a playboy, it appears, and the film does not portray his behavior toward his first wife in a favorable light.
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Mandela is the new Africa
After all, he had spent 27 years in prison and did not create during that period, the commotion that followed. While in prison, mainstream media should have crowned him Personality of the Year many times over, but that never happened. While the Mandela that was liberated remained the same man at his core, he had surprises to reveal that nobody could have imagined. Mandela had time to prepare for what he believed was inevitable: the end of the most outrageous institution of the century; and the official coexistence of a regime proclaiming racial separation with an international community that had approved a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This paradox was only one of many that created a platform for Nelson Mandela