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We don’t get to see this all the time but obviously this is good news for the team behind the flick and Africans. Since the inception of the biopic of Mandela, there has been nothing but raves, of course  good raves about the movie and just yesterday President Obama had the distinguished honor to privately screen the  movie which chronicles the life of living legend and freedom fighter , Nelson Mandela.The movie stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela.  Will it win an Oscar?Well, maybe! after all how many movies get screened by the President of the United States himself.

Anyway, read exactly what the Eyewitness  News reported about President Obama’s experience of the movie.

US President Barack Obama hosted a special screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the White House last night in the company of producer Anant Singh, Mandela’s daughters, Zindzi and Zenani, lead actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris and director Justin Chadwick.  

Also in attendance were South African ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool, former US ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips and his wife Gill, Time Magazine Editor Richard Stengel and US distributor of the film Harvey Weinstein and his fashion designer wife, Georgina Chapman.

Commenting from Washington, Anant Singh said, “It is an exceptional honour to have presented Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the White House. 

“It was a proud moment for us having Zindzi and Zenani Mandela with us, especially because we were together at the White House when Madiba was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour. 

Speaking at the screening, Obama said Madiba had influenced him and many people around the world. He was proud to host the screening at the White House and to have Mandela family members and the filmmakers present. 

Before the screening, the filmmakers were taken on a private tour of the White House. 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will premiere in Los Angeles on 11 November followed by another premiere in New York on 14 November.

Photo Credit: GetImage

The film will be released in cinemas throughout South Africa on 28 November 2013.


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