12 certificateMandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a Film programme that first aired in 2013 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a 4 star programme

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Directed by
Justin Chadwick

The struggles of one of the greatest modern leaders is brought to life with a stirring performance from a Golden Globe-nominated Idris Elba.

In 1948, the South African government inflicted a racial segregation upon their people that forced black citizens into poverty-stricken townships away from wealthy white communities. Apartheid was the last straw for charismatic lawyer Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba). He swapped his hitherto hands-off approach to black activism, and grew to become a prominent figure in a political movement striving for equality.

His dedication to the cause would put strain on his family, his friendships and ultimately confine him to almost 30 years of imprisonment. But some men are born to lead and when Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba by his supporters, walked free after 27 years in prison, a new South Africa and the world rejoiced.

This powerful film is made all the more poignant due to its release date coming just a month after the death of Mandela himself.
British star Idris Elba, whose previous roles range from big budget action heroes (Prometheus, Pacific Rim) to unhinged TV cops (Luther), pays Madiba a fitting tribute with his stately, if unchallenging, turn. As his long-battling wife Winnie, Naomie Harris is also impressive.

If the film has a fault, it fails to scrutinise the life of the great leader with any real intent, but as a reverent document of his life, the feature is spot on.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 141 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2013

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: UK/South Africa

Filmed in Colour


Image for Idris ElbaIdris Elba...Nelson Mandela
Image for Naomie HarrisNaomie Harris...Winnie Madikizela
Tony Kgoroge...Walter Sisulu
Riaad Moosa...Ahmed Kathrada
Zolani Mkiva...Raymond Mhlaba
Simo Mogwaza...Andrew Mlangeni
Fana Mokoena...Govan Mbeki
Thapelo Mokoena...Elias Motsoaledi
Jamie Bartlett...James Gregory
Deon Lotz...Kobie Coetzee
Terry Pheto...Evelyn Mase
Zikhona Sodlaka...Nosekeni
S'Thandiwe Kgoroge...Albertina Sisulu
Tshallo Sputla Chokwe...Oliver Tambo
Sello Maake...Albert Luthuli