President Obama is Showing Mandela Film at the White House


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.

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  1. Rev. George Brooks at 10:24 am

    Showing it for what??? Is this poor, weak fellow really wishing, inside of his too-white-like mind that he could have been more like the great Nelson Mandela. Especially since his own dad was of that bold type also. And even his substitute dad, Jeremiah Wright, is as well, whom this soft, timed, mother-like guy allowed his bosses of Judaism to cause him to split from. So, I guess, watching the film allows him to dream of what he wishes was, but will never be. — Rev. George Brooks

  2. Mars at 9:54 am

    Your congregation is blessed to have you – you call it like you see it. I am so disappointed with OBAMA he “sold us down the river.” His invasion of Libya and killing one of our great African leaders, Muammar Gaddafi, showed me all I needed to know. I guess he got the same call Ron Brown received, but decided to be a sellout than end up where Ron Brown is.

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