Mandela (1997)


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This provocative documentary reverently chronicles the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who played a key role in the abolishment of apartheid by becoming a symbol of the colonialist oppression of black Africans. The biography covers all the major events of Mandela's personal and public life from his childhood to the early stages of his promising political career to his 27-year incarceration to his rise to become South Africa's first black president.

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bo Widerberg
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On DVD: May 19, 1998
Palm Pictures


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The importance of the events in Mandela's life have seemingly constrained the filmmakers and made some of the key moments feel heavy handed. Yet even so, the film does manage to convey the notion that a single human being can change the world

Full Review… | February 1, 2014
Urban Cinefile

It's a powerhouse of a film: informative, powerful, moving, involving and inspirational with Idris Elba outstanding in the title role

Full Review… | February 1, 2014
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Mandela

The transformation of The Republic of South Africa from a brutal Apartheid state to a democracy with full participation of all its citizens was the culmination of many years of struggle by the disenfranchised. Nelson Mandela played a major role in the restructure of his country's government, although not without personal tragedies linked directly to his political activities. There are glimpses of African tribal life against a background of breathtaking scenery. The music is both dramatic and poignant. Mandela is a true tale of triumph over evil.

Dorothy Halcomb

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