Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom screened at the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday at the invitation of AU Commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. The Intergenerational Youth Forum were special guests at the screening which took place ahead of the interaction they had with the Heads Of State earlier today.
In a message to the Intergenerational Youth Forum, producer Anant Singh said, “We are very honoured to have this screening for a very special group of young people from our continent. I know Madiba would have been delighted to have this screening as he has always supported initiatives which developed and mentored young people to be our future leaders. I hope that you will be inspired by the film and Madiba’s message, and that you will celebrate him and perpetuate his legacy as you develop into future leaders of our continent.”
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has already been released in key African countries, among which are Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. African countries releasing the film this week include Nigeria and Ghana as well as the international territories of Austria, Germany and New Zealand. This will be followed by releases in Hong Kong, Australia and Greece on 6 February, and then by Finland a week later and Turkey on 28 February.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is an Anant Singh presentation of a Justin Chadwick film. A Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Pathe, Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa and National Empowerment Fund. The film stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Jamie Bartlett, and Deon Lotz. Music is composed by Alex Heffes with Music Contributions from Caiphus Semenya, Blondie Makhene and Dizu Plaatjies. The Co-Producers are Robert Naidoo, Brian Cox, Vlokkie Gordon, Hlengiwe Makhathini with Executive Producers Cameron McCracken, François Ivernel, Geoffrey Qhena, Basil Ford, Philisiwe Mthethwa, Harvey Weinstein, Sudhir Pragjee and Sanjeev Singh, and Producer for Origin Pictures is David M. Thompson. Produced by Anant Singh, the film is based on Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ with the screenplay by William Nicholson and it is directed by Justin Chadwick.