This biographical film covers Mandela’s trials and tribulations as he fights his way to freedom and against apartheid. It is directed by Justin Chadwick and stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa and Fana Mokoena.

This film dives into the politician’s life charting his rise to become South Africa’s first democratically elected president. The film shows many different sides of Mandela who is quite frequently considered an anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist.

The personal sacrifice that Mandela made and the will of a government that was set against him is portrayed in extremely honest detail.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison and despite an international campaign lobbying for his release he wasn’t released until 1990. After his release he began a campaign to rebuild his country and ensure that it became a free and democratic society. The film has stood the test of the critics and is widely considered a success. The film opens in UK cinemas on the 03/01/2013.

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