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Interview- Becoming Winnie: Naomie Harris on 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • November 18, 2013 4:20 PM
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To witness Naomie Harris become Winnie Mandela in Justin Chadwick’s upcoming film adaptation, Mandela: Long to Freedom, is to witness true cinematic transformation.

AFI Fest 2013 Review: 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Anchored by Strong Performances

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • November 13, 2013 1:20 PM
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Adapting an autobiography for film always carries a unique set of challenges: making sure to present the subject as fully as the text dictates, but also stepping back for some objectivity and complexity.

Watch 20-Minute 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Featurette w/ Lots Of New Footage, Interviews, Etc

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 8, 2013 11:14 AM
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Watch 20-Minute 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Featurette w/ Lots Of New Footage, Interviews, Etc

New Release Trailer For 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Ramps Up The Drama & Action

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 18, 2013 2:04 PM
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This is probably the best-looking trailer for the film I've seen thus far (it's the 3rd one we've posted). Although, as I watched it, I kept thinking, this looks like it could be a pretty damn good movie - that is, if it wasn't about Nelson Mandela!

New Clip From 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Highlights 1960 Sharpeville Massacre

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 17, 2013 1:25 PM
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Here's another clip from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, in a film directed by Justin Chadwick, which highlights Mandela's early life, education and 27 years in prison. The Weinstein Company will open the film in the USA on November 29 - likely as one of its Oscar contenders. Reactions and reviews after its TIFF premiere last month were mostly strong.

UK Trailer For 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Includes Glimpses Of Idris & Naomie Aged

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 11, 2013 8:22 PM
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Here's the UK release trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, in a film directed by Justin Chadwick, which highlights Mandela's early life, education and 27 years in prison. It's filled with more drama and action, as well as has an immediacy that the American trailer - which seems to emphasize the relationship between Mandela and Winnie as the film's focal point, with its typical Hollywood dominating, swelling soundtrack - doesn't quite project.Plus, unlike the American trailer, in the UK trailer, we get to see what the makeup jobs on an aged Idris and Naomie, as an older Nelson and Winnie, look like.The Weinstein Company will open the film in the USA on November 29 - likely as one of its Oscar contenders. Reactions and reviews after its TIFF premiere recently have been strong.

Idris Elba & Naomie Harris To Be Honored w/ Inaugural Breakthrough In Film Awards At TIFF

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 4, 2013 12:45 PM
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Maybe the first of many awards to come for the film and its stars?

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Tagged With PG-13 Rating

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 26, 2013 6:07 PM
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I actually am a little surprised by this. Not that I expected the film to be violence-filled, with lots of foul language, sex and nudity to warrant an R-rating, but Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, lived far from what you'd call a PG-13 life, from his early days involved in anti-colonial politics, joining the ANC and becoming a founding member of its Youth League, to his life imprisonment sentence in 1964, narrowly escaping the death penalty, but spending some 27 years in confinement, and later, as the first non-white head of state in South African history, as well as the first to take office following the dismantling of apartheid and the introduction of multiracial democracy. He was also the oldest head of state in South Africa's history, taking office at the age of 75.

Netflix Streaming Pick Review - 'The First Grader' Is Well-Meaning But Lacks Context & Drama Force

  • By Wendy Okoi-Obuli
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  • August 8, 2013 6:22 PM
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Inspiring and heart-warming are words that will easily be pegged to the description of The First Grader. The story of an 84 year old Kenyan man enrolling in primary school is, after all, the sort of feel-good thing you expect to hear after all the bad news has been dispensed with, the sort of story that puts a smile on your face and helps you forget about all that terribly depressing stuff until the next news bulletin.

Amandla! Watch Idris Elba, Naomie Harris In First Full Trailer For 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 18, 2013 8:04 PM
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I expected it would drop today, given that it's his 95th birthday.