Cinema has always been a platform to spread ideologies. The life of Nelson Mandela has been portrayed at different times. Born in the year 1918, Mandela was christened Nelson by his primary school teacher. He completed his graduation in the year 1943 from the University of South Africa. Mandela was involved in politics since his college days later he joined the African National Congress in the year 1944. In the year 1952 he was chosen the National Volunteer-in-chief of Defiance campaign. After fleeing from South Africa in 1962, he took refuge in Morocco and Ethiopia where he received military training.
Recent Mandela movies have portrayed him in positive light helping us identify him as a leader of the masses. There were various drama films that were made in the 2000s and the best among them that won accolades include Invictus 2009. Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon are the lead characters in the film that is based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation. Two popular Hollywood actors have worked hard to give strength to their characters in the film that brought them accolades.
Long Walk to Freedom is a British South African biopic directed by Justin Chadwick. It is inspired by the book written by Mandela. The autobiography of Nelson Mandela speaks of his early life, education, 27 long years in prison and becoming the president of South Africa. The film has Idris Elba in the lead role, and Naomie Harris play the character of Winnie Mandela.
Another inspirational film that hit the marquee was the 2013 released Winnie Mandela. It is a biography of Winnie Mandela written by Anne Mare du Preez. The film was directed by Darrel Roodt and has Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard. The film talks about the rural setting in South Africa and how a girl child was brought up in the community. The film though faced a few controversies when Winnie Mandela blamed the filmmakers for not taking her approval to create her biopic. Moreover, there has been a claim that South African actors were not given priority as the lead characters were American actors.