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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [DVD]
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom celebrates Nelson Mandela's extraordinary journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as President of South Africa. It explores the Mandela unknown to most of the world - the lover of fancy cars, a lady's man, the boxing enthusiast and playboy, the skilful lawyer and a freedom fighter. The film is an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon.
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The result is moving and beautifully rendered, but does not shy away from the horror of apartheid, as well as the flaws of Nelson Mandela himself. Due to the sometimes harrowing scenes, shot for the movie, or through use of actual news footage, this film is not always an easy one to experience. However uncomfortable the truth was, it forms a vital part of the story. We see verbal racial abuse in the streets, and later, brutality dealt to both Nelson and Winnie Mandela. It is interesting how each handles these abuses.
The film opens with valleys bathed in golden light, and there is much beauty throughout the long (2.5 hours) movie. The times are perfectly replicated, with clothing, cars, streets, and buildings all made very specific to the era being shown, right down to an old SA railways logo not seen for decades, in Johannesburg station. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are spot-on as Nelson and Winnie. Despite not being South Africans, they do not put a foot wrong.Read more ›
The story takes us from his childhood into manhood, tells of his loves and failed
early marriage, and on to his romance and marriage to 'Winnie'
Still a young man he becomes interested in 'Civil-Rights' movement A.N.C. his
life up to that point, as was the case with the majority of 'Native' South Africans,
was as a second-class-citizen under the rule of a 'White' Government who
He soon became seen as a leading figure in the movement and was seen as a
threat to the ruling authorities.
Following a campaign of disruptive activity 'Nelson' along with several other members
of the movement were sought, captured and brought to trial.
The sentence could easily have been 'death' however probably because of world
opinion, and not wishing to have the prisoners seen as Martyrs they were condemned
to life imprisonment.
They were taken to 'Robben island' in 1964 and had to tolerate inhuman living conditions,
hard labour, and abuse at first from the guards.
It was never intended that the prisoners would ever be released, however after 18 years
they were moved to a prison on the mainland where, conditions were a little better.
World-Wide opinion couple with trade sanctions eventually persuaded the government
of South Africa to reappraise the situation.
'Nelson Mandela' had served some 27 years of imprisonment, now the authorities were
talking to him.
Although he had many bitter thoughts and memories, 'Nelson Mandela' knew he would
have to approach the future with caution and send out a message of conciliation.Read more ›
Some years later I visited Robben Island when I visited Cape Town and was taken on the tour of the prison and past the cell.
This film is beautifully made. Poignant, honest and at times uncomfortable to watch. There was much of the 27 years that wasn't told. But it tells what needs to be told. A man who moved the world to change, but in this film he is a real man with human flaws. And the final scene is perfect to me.
Please watch, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The movie chronicles the early life of Mandela. He stood up for the rights for of the people. He campaigned for equal rights of black people through the streets.The man served a long sentense in prison for 27 years, committing acts in overthrowing the government. The government divided the country through segregation. Some of, the scenes are distressing, distrubing and hollowing. It shows the scale of the problem affecting the nation at the time. Nation experienced an civil unrest during Mandela's imprisonment. Numerous campaigns launched calling for the release of Mandela, as the country was in turmoil. The movie depicts the injustice and bruality shown by the government and prison authorities.The movie provides an excellent potrayal of Mandela surfacing as a political activist and as a family man. The strain took a toll in family life. It cover the key aspects of the man life including the eventual release of the man. He intended to buid a better future. The man showed no remorse and intent on revenge. The country needed to be reunited desperately, as division of the country was broken down and to create harmony in society. Violences in the streets escalated, stirring global attention.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really informative film. Loved the great acting but the story was quite upsetting . South African blacks had no freedoms at all and were brutally subjugated. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A. Killey
You have to watch this film.
So well acted, Idris Elba deserves an Oscar for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela, and the make-up later in the film is fantastic. Read more
I knew that I would not learn anything new by watching this film, as Mandela and South Africa's struggle was an undertaking that I had studied since my family moved to Zambia in... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jackie M
This has a brilliant performance from Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, and in some ways an even more stunning performance by Naomi Harris as Winnie Mandela. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Suchet