President Barack Obama is having an exclusive and special screening of The Weinstein Co. movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” at the White House on Nov. 7th. The highly anticipated film follows the life and times of well-respected Nelson Mandela through his early years, coming of age, getting his education, 27 torturous years in prison, as well as when he became president and helped to rebuild Africa in many ways.
The film’s main stars, Idris Elba and Naomi Harris, are said to be attending the screening this month. Nelson Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela are said to be attending the event as well. It is unclear if Mandela himself will be attending the screening due to his poor health. It was also not clear if his wife would attend. In June, president Obama visited Robben Island Jail where Mandela was imprisoned for over two decades. His visit was in tribute to the long term activist. The film officially premiered in Africa this past Sunday in Johannesburg. The premiere was attended by Mandela’s former wife Winnie Mandela.
Harvey Weinstein, TWC co-chairman, said he thinks it’s an honor that President Obama is showing the film at the White House because president Obama has such a strong friendship with President Mandela. The film is already considered an award contender because of its powerful portrayal of the famous activist. Justin Chadwick is the director of the moving film that had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. The film will continue to have viewings, one is set to show on November 10th at the upcoming AFI Festival. The film will soon have its U.S. theatrical release on November 29th in New York and Los Angeles.