The anti-apartheid man Nelson Mandela with his legal background and art to understand people was able to successfully weave the political movement that made him the first black president of South Africa. His lessons on being proactive and not reactive have etched a place for him in the South Africa and world history alike. Since his active participation in the South African political scene many movies have been made on him and especially during the recent Mandela movies the film industry dominated by the American have shown the political activist in a positive light. The quality of being righteous without arrogance has made him a central character in many South African films.
Invictus released in the year 2009, where Morgan Freeman played Mandela to perfection. The film was directed by Clint Eastwood and is a sports drama. The movie is based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation. It talks about the events that happened in South Africa pre 1995 Ruby World Cup. This was the time South Africa hosted the event after throwing away apartheid. Matt Damon enacts the role of Francois Pienaar, the South African rugby union team captain. The film was released in the US in the year 2009. The title is taken from William Ernest Henley poem that was inspirational while he spent his days in the prison. The title means ‘undefeated’.
Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon earned the nominations for Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. The film came up for positive reviews from critics. Another of Mandela films is the Long Walk to Freedom released in the year 2013. Director Justin Chadwick and William Nicholson of Gladiator fame were responsible for bringing this movie to life. This is an autobiography of Mandela. It talks about the adult life of Mandela. The film stars Idris Elba along with Naomie Harris. The film is made on the autobiography Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela.