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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

His story is epic and inspiring. Born to be a Xhosa leader, he was trained in law, then drawn into resistance, then politics, then elevated to a reverence that approached sainthood. Nelson Mandela has lived one of the most remarkable lives of our time. His autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, charts the many struggles that took him from South Africa's rural Cape region to armed struggle and arrest, and then to the president's mansion as his nation's first democratically elected leader.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom transforms Mandela's book into a rousing, spirited film. Acclaimed British actor Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, television's The Wire), tackles with gusto the role of the great man. From the first moment he speaks, sounding uncannily like the real Mandela, the veil of illusion slips away and we're back with the crusading lawyer as he battles South Africa's apartheid regime, first with new comrades of the African National Congress, and then, most powerfully, alongside his wife Winnie Mandela (Naomie Harris). Elba delivers a strong, physical performance as Mandela. He's as convincing when portraying him as a young amateur boxer as he is playing him later in life, growing old in prison on Robben Island drawing less on athletic prowess and more on the force of ideas that would eventually set him, and his country, free. [synopsis courtesy TIFF].

Directed by: Justin Chadwick (The First Grader ’10, The Other Boleyn Girl ‘08)

Running time: 2 hour 20 mins

Film Website + Trailer

The film starts at 7:20 pm.  Let’s meet in the lobby 10-15 minutes before show time.

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  • Shawna

    American Tobacco Campus has a free multi-media Mandela exhibit running Jan 1 - Feb 26:

    January 2, 2014

  • Shawna

    An enjoyable tribute film to an inspirational leader that just skims the surface on the Anti-Apartheid movement and the ANC which cannot reach the complexity of South Africa's history, present, and future.

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Alan B.

    Good, but felt the first third was a bit wooden.

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good and powerful movie. Thanks for hosting Shawna.

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, I thought I sent this a few hours ago but got distracted. We had something come up and cannot make it. Have a great time! Hope to see you all next time!

    December 30, 2013

  • John L.

    I don't think I'm going to be able to make it tonight. Enjoy and happy new year!

    December 30, 2013

  • David Y

    Would love to attend this show with the group, but I need to spend a few days with my sister (out of town) who is recovering from surgery at home. I look forward to more good movies and after-show discussions with my favorite group of movie-goers in the new year.

    2 · December 29, 2013

  • Gabor

    I am a maybe (I hate that when I organiye) since I will be just coming back from abroad.

    December 26, 2013

  • jillery!!!

    I finished the book last week and I learned so much!

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Raymond C.

    I heard this movie is close to three hours long but it a great tribute to one of the most influential figures of the past 20th Century.

    December 19, 2013

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