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Based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard
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GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Detailed as well as interesting chronicle of an agreeable relationship between a prison warden and his prisoner , Nelson Mandela See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Joseph Fiennes ... James Gregory

Dennis Haysbert ... Nelson Mandela

Diane Kruger ... Gloria Gregory

Patrick Lyster ... Major Pieter Jordaan
Shiloh Henderson ... Brent Gregory

Tyrone Keogh ... Brent Gregory
Megan Smith ... Natasha Gregory
Jessica Manuel ... Natasha Gregory
Faith Ndukwana ... Winnie Mandela

Terry Pheto ... Zindzi Mandela
Leslie Mongezi ... Walter Sisulu
Zingizile Mtuzula ... Raymond Mhlaba (as Zingi Mtuzula)
Mehboob Bawa ... Ahmed Kathrada
Shakes Myeko ... Andrew Mlangeni
Sizwe Msutu ... Cyril Ramaphosa
Khaya Sityo ... Jonas Motsadi
Warrick Grier ... Vann Niekerk
Clive Fox ... Col Pier Barnard
Eduan van Jaarsveldt ... Sgt Chris Brits
Claire Berlein ... Sannie
Jennifer Steyn ... Joyce Barnard

Andre Jacobs ... Brigadier Morkel

Mark Elderkin ... Vosloo
Danny Keogh ... Coloner Stander
Marko van der Colff ... Dannie Bosman
Corien Pelt ... Lynette
Neels Van Jaarsveld ... Boytjie

Garth Breytenbach ... Jack Steyn
Louis van Niekerk ... Generel Voster

Adrian Galley ... Brigadier Kemp
Norman Anstey ... Jimmy Kruger
Trix Pienaar ... Barbara
Dan Robbertse ... Captain Nel
Zolile Nokwe ... Hangula
Willy Harzon ... Pollsmoor Captain
Paula Pursch ... Librarian
Albert Maritz ... Library security guard
Bernice Mpinda ... Elderly black lady
Michele Belknap ... Librarian receptionist
Thomas Galvin ... Young James
Bulelani Sonqishe ... Bafana
Martin Le Maitre ... Quartermaster
Kyle Solms ... Young warder
Graham Weir ... Tough warder
Mauro Stephano Faraoni ... Warder at harbour
Zikhona Mda ... Zenani (as Zikhonna Mda)
Antonio Cencherle ... Gate guard
Bulelwa Cosa ... Black lady with child
Matthew Dylan Roberts ... Man in suit (as Mathew Roberts)
Alessandra Vinciguerra ... Lady in blue
Charl van Heyningen ... News reader 1982
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Germishuys ... Prison Warden (uncredited)
Giulia Troiano ... Voice Italian Version (uncredited)

Directed by
Bille August 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bille August 
Bob Graham  book
James Gregory  book
Greg Latter  adaptation
Greg Latter  screenplay

Produced by
Carola Ash .... associate producer: Future Films
Frédéric Bal .... line producer: Arsam International
Dianne Beatty .... line producer: South Africa
Guillaume Benski .... associate producer: Arsam International
Roberto Cipullo .... producer: Fonema SPA
Jimmy de Brabant .... executive producer
Kwesi Dickson .... producer: Future Films
Michael Dounaev .... executive producer
Alison Ellard .... development producer
Ilann Girard .... producer: Arsam International
Michel Houdmont .... executive producer: Banana Films
Skady Lis .... executive producer: X Filme Creative Pool
Stephen Margolis .... executive producer: Future Films
Kami Naghdi .... executive producer
Livio Negri .... associate producer: Fonema SPA
Marc Noyons .... executive producer: Banana Films
Gherardo Pagliei .... producer: Fonema SPA
Christine Raspillère .... line producer: Arsam Interational
Andro Steinborn .... producer: X Filme Creative Pool
Jean-Luc Van Damme .... producer: Banana Films
David Wicht .... producer: Film Afrika
Luciano Sovena .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid 
 
Casting by
Billy Hopkins 
Moonyeenn Lee 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Tom Hannam 
 
Art Direction by
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson 
 
Set Decoration by
Zaan De Villiers 
 
Costume Design by
Diana Cilliers 
 
Makeup Department
Hugo Bornman .... chief hair stylist
Tammy-Lee Cameron .... dailies hair stylist
Pia Cornelius .... hair designer
Pia Cornelius .... makeup designer
Melanie Gillmer .... assistant make-up student
Kathy Nkoni .... hair stylist trainee
Kathy Nkoni .... makeup artist trainee
Debbie Rogovsky .... makeup artist
Jill Swain .... hair stylist assistant
 
Production Management
Dominique Boussagol .... post-production manager: France
Sudoor Conrad .... unit manager: second unit (as Conrad Suroor)
Guy Courtecuisse .... post-production supervisor
Vlokkie Gordon .... head of production: Film Afrika
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager: France
Natalie Rademeyer .... production manager
Neil Van Der Linde .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Gilliam .... first assistant director: second unit
Alberto Ianuzzi .... second unit director (as Alberto Iannuzzi)
Morena Medi .... co-third assistant director
Gerhard Mostert .... third assistant director
Alan Raad .... co-third assistant director
Makkie Slamong .... second second assistant director
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
Patricia Wheeler .... second assistant director
Shamiel Soni .... additional second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Edward Arendse .... carpenter
Mark Baatjes .... carpenter
Jerome Brown .... set dresser
Colin Calipa .... carpenter
Adieu Cameron .... storeman
Emile Coetzee .... carpenter
Barry Coetzer .... stand-by set dresser
Maria Constantinides .... art department coordinator
Christopher Crowster .... carpenter
Christopher Crowster .... painter
Jason Crowster .... assistant carpenter
Dylan Culhane .... art department researcher
Greg Davis .... construction director
Storm Dyssell .... stand-by props
Michael Fernandes .... art department production assistant
Murray Grier .... carpenter
Dylan Johnson .... set dressing leadman
Phillip Khan .... carpenter
Vincent Khentani .... carpenter
Egbert Kruger .... property master
Jerry Kundati .... swing gang 3
George Malabo .... set dressing assistant (as George Malobo)
Paul Marais .... carpenter
Elias Mawela .... swing gang 1
Leonard Mcamani .... carpenter
Sean Moran .... carpenter
Khaya Nangle .... set dressing runner
Shadrack Ndhlovu .... swing gang 2
David Ntete .... storeman
Tom Olive .... additional set dresser (as Thomas Olive)
Hugo Q. .... carpenter
Gareth Roux .... carpenter
Malcolm Stain .... paint sprayer
Nolan Van Rooyen .... assistant stand-by props
Andre Van Vuuren .... carpenter
Kelvin Whitaker .... carpenter
Claude Wittwen .... props buyer
David Wynne-Roberts .... scenic artist (as David W. Roberts)
Rae Wynne-Roberts .... scenic artist (as Rae W. Roberts)
Simon Zikhali .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... boom operator
Dirk Bombey .... sound mixer
Dirk Bombey .... sound
Frédéric Cattoni .... sound consultant: DTS
Sandra Demoyer .... sound post-production administrator
Alek Goosse .... adr recordist
Alek Goosse .... foley recordist
Alek Goosse .... sound
Alek Goosse .... supervising re-recording mixer
Gert Janssen .... dialogue editor
Gert Janssen .... sound editor
Conrad Kuhne .... sound mixer: Lsecond uniut (as Conrad Kühne)
Caroline Landsweerdt .... assistant sound editor
Frédéric Maes .... sound post-production coordinator
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Michel Moiner)
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Herman Pieëte .... sound designer
Herman Pieëte .... sound
Herman Pieëte .... supervising sound editor
Pascale Schaer .... sound technician
Jonathan Vanneste .... sound technician
Dirk Bombey .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Doug Hardy .... special effects technician
Roly Jansen .... special effects technician: second unit
John Smith .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Vadim Androussoff .... digital compositor: Duran Duboi
Christophe Belena .... technical coordinator: Duboicolor
Coralie Boulay .... digital coordinator: Duboicolor
Stephanie Broussaud .... lustre assistant: Duboicolor
Guillaume Carniato .... digital compositor: Duran Duboi
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor: Duran Duboi
Nicolas Daniel .... data management: Duboicolor
Bertrand de Saint Seine .... visual effects editor: Duran Duboi
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects coordinator: Duran Duboi
Ludivine Ducrocq .... visual effects assistant: Duran Duboi
François Dupuy .... technical engineer: Duboicolor
Thomas Jodeau .... scanner: Duboicolor
Abdel Ali Kassou .... technical manager: Duboicolor
Emmanuel Le Courbe .... digital compositor: Duran Duboi
Delphine Le Roch .... visual effects coordinator: Duran Duboi
Brice Leclert .... scanner: Duboicolor
Tina Lin .... technical coordinator: Duboicolor
Sergeï Lourié .... digital compositor: Duran Duboi (as Sergei 'Cloun' Lourie)
Loriane Lucas .... digital preparation: Duboicolor
Nolween Moign .... data management: Duboicolor
Benoit Philippon .... digital compositor: Duran Duboi
Etienne Salançon .... digital compositor: Duran Duboi
John Smith .... visual effects supervisor
Mikael Tanguy .... digital compositor: Duran Duboi
Laetitia Tomasi .... digital coordinator: Duboicolor
Edouard Valton .... visual effects: Duran Duboi
Tommaso Vergallo .... digital camera manager: Duboicolor
Jean-Nicolas Costa .... additional compositing (uncredited)
Guillaume Le Gouez .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dan Hirst .... stunts (as Daniel Hirst)
Julian Koberman .... stunt double
Anton Moon .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Blid Alsbirk .... still photographer
Dax Bailey .... spark
Brandon Daniels .... spark: daily
Jean DeKock .... spark (as Jean De Kock)
Shervaun Diaz .... cable basher
Carl Eksteen .... first assistant camera: second unit
Sarel Eloff .... first assistant camera
Vincent Fletcher .... gaffer
Andrew Green .... grip assistant
Shani Hayward .... second assistant camera
Mackie Iyoka .... vtr operator
Ricardo Koopman .... second assistant camera: second unit
Chris Lomax .... director of photography: second unit
Henri Marais .... best boy grip
Julious Mudeh .... darkroom loader
Justin Paterson .... lighting best boy
Richard Rolf .... Steadicam operator
Bruno Shosha .... generator operator
Alfre Theron .... grip assistant
Ray Wilsnaugh .... key grip (as Ray Wilsnagh)
 
Casting Department
Kerry Barden .... casting
Suzanne Crowley .... casting
Belinda Kruger .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Daniel .... seamstress
Shaida Dramat .... seamstress (as Shahida Dramat)
Gillian Florence .... key wardrobe stand-by
Jayne Forbes .... costume supervisor
Nawaal Hendriks .... assistant wardrobe stand-by (as Nawaal Hendricks)
Charlene Johnson .... seamstress
Josephine Samuelson .... wardrobe trainee
Mandy Smit .... wardrobe assistant
Shakier Starck .... wardrobe assistant
Ronel Wagner .... pattern cutter (as Ronel Wagener)
Miriam Williams .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Elisa Aboulker .... second assistant editor
Serge Anthony .... color timer: France (as Serge Antony)
Feriel Benouarka .... post-production coordinator: France (as Fériel Benourka)
Jerome Brechet .... editor: pan & scan
Stephanie Broussaud .... digital intermediate editor
Christelle Didier .... assistant to post-production supervisor
Andreas Dobers .... post-production: X Filme Creative Pool
Anne-Marie Etcheverry .... negative cutter: France
Claire Fieschi .... second assistant editor
Benoït Hay .... post-production coordinator: Scanlab
Élodie Ichter .... digital intermediate editor
Graham Jukes .... colorist
Ariane Lippens .... editor: making of
Charlotte Mazzinghi .... colorist
Louise Mycielski .... post-production supervisor: Waterfront Studios
Matthys Pretorius .... assistant editor
Svetlana Vaynblat .... first assistant editor
 
Location Management
Robert Bentley .... location manager
Kerry Commins .... location scout
Clifford Delcie .... location assistant
Valentia Fisher .... location coordinator
Warren Wisebeach .... location scout
 
Music Department
James Bellamy .... music editor
Ruth Chan .... music preparation
Gordon Davidson .... assistant music engineer
Peter Fuchs .... music engineer
Janice Graham .... orchestra leader
Madosini .... musician: african bows
Madosini .... musician: solo vocalist
Dario Marianelli .... conductor
Dario Marianelli .... orchestrator
Maggie Rodford .... score coordinator: Air-Edel
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor: Buick Productions
Nick Taylor .... assistant music engineer
Richard Tunnicliffe .... musician: viola da gamba
Benjamin Wallfisch .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
David Aphiri .... driver: makeup truck
Trevor Cope .... driver: grip truck
Sedan Cunningham .... driver: catering
Clinton De Villiers .... driver: cast, South Africa (as Clint De Villiers)
Quiven Diakazebi .... driver: set dressing (as Quevin Diakazebi)
Wiseman Dinizulu .... driver: spark truck
Reny Djieutcheu .... driver: camper (as Remy Djieutcheu)
Paddy Ellis .... picture vehicle coordinator
Jessie Fourie .... transportation coordinator
Gary Good .... driver: cast, children
Denzel Grahn .... picture vehicle assistant
Issa Inussa .... driver: wardrobe truck
Ryder Jaxa .... driver: camper
Joshua Kabanda .... driver: prop truck
Sam Kabanda .... driver: picture vehicle
Makaya Lamdry .... driver: camper
Eugene Le Roux .... driver
Wilbur Louw .... driver
Didier Malanga .... driver: set dressing truck
Milos Malonga .... driver: camper
Feli Masango .... driver: production truck
Adrian Matthyse .... driver: picture vehicle
Sisa Oswald Mene .... driver: pool
Mbuyiselo Minqayi .... driver: pool
Fanie Muntz .... driver: crew, South Africa
John Mwanisoh .... driver: unit truck
Debrime Pereira .... driver: makeup bus
Sandile Phambili .... driver: camera ttuck (as Sandile Phambile)
Daniel Smith .... driver: camper
Neil Van Der Linde .... transportation manager
 
Other crew
Paul Acutt .... marine coordinator
June Alrick .... tutor: Shiloh & Megan
Valentina Ambra .... production assistant: Fonema SPA
James Baillie .... chaperone: Diane Kruger
Jason Ballard .... runner: second unit
Hugh Barrett .... financial controller: Film Afrika
Mark Beaumont .... supervising accountant: Future Films
Edward Beeka .... security
Claire Berlein .... dialogue coach: South Africa
Alexandre Berman .... production assistant: Arsam International
Abednico Bixa .... general worker
Goodman Bixa .... general worker
Mark Cain .... petty cash clerk
Morag Cameron .... script supervisor
Camille Charriére .... title credits: EDITORS, Paris
Dylan Chegwidden .... stand-in: James
Ellen Cilliers .... production secretary
Charles-Henri Clodion .... title credits: EDITORS, Paris
Thembisa Cochrane .... production receptionist
Simon Coppoy .... production assistant: Banana Films
Brian Cordray .... development consultant: X Filme Creative Pool
Brian Cordray .... script consultant
Michelle Coscia .... procurer
Nicholas Dalton .... french counsel: Arsam International
Phillip De Beer .... payroll clerk
Kurt De Villers .... unit assistant
Henri De Villiers .... unit assistant
Pierpaolo Di Lembi .... runner: Fonema SPA
Sabrina Duguet .... production assistant: Arsam International
Jules Elvins .... legal: Future Films
Isabelle Fauvel .... development consultant: Arsam International
Power Fudukile .... general worker
Patrick Hans .... finance & administration: Banana Films
Doug Hardy .... runner: second unit
Gai Harvison-Petzer .... accounts supervisor: South Africa
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... accountant supervisor: Arsam International
Cordula Herrmann .... accountant: X Filme Creative Pool
Ricardo Highburg .... unit assistant
Caitlin Hugo .... stand-in: Gloria
Annette Jacobs .... administrator
Roysten Jacobs .... unit set production assistant
Mervin Japhta .... assistant catering team leader
Aparna Jayachandran .... continuity trainee
Warren Patrick Jordaan .... unit assistant trainee
Marcos Kantis .... production consultant: X Filme Creative Pool
James Kay .... legal services: Olswang, London
Kenneth Kleinberg .... legal services: Kleinberg Lopez Brisbin Cuddy & Edel, Los Angeles
Ayande Kondile .... general worker
Carol Kruger .... accounts supervisor: South Africa
Valerie Legrain-Doussau .... business affairs: Film Afrika (as Valérie Legrain-Doussau)
A. Fredric Leopold .... legal services: Leopold Petrich, Los Angeles (as Frederick Leopold)
Jan Lohfeldt .... chaperone: cast, children
Bizeki Magwanda .... chaperone: Joseph Fiennes
Dona Malebo .... craft service team leader
Jerome Mampassa .... craftee
Tatenda Matienga .... base camp craftee
Sebastian Matthys .... unit assistant (as Secastian 'Bassie' Matthys)
Maria Maya .... accountant: Banana Films
Jackie Mayou .... extras coordinator
James Mbombo .... general worker
Kevin McBain .... creditors accountant
Joyce Monametsi .... office assistant
Alessandra Moresco .... production coordinator: Future Films
Pierre-Emmanuel Mouthuy .... belgian counsel: Banana Films
Sizwe Msutu .... dialogue coach: Xhosa
Lesley-Anne Mulder .... representative: Metal Moon Marketing
Mark Murray .... animal wrangler: dogs
Mishack Musonza .... catering hand
Vincent Ndikumana .... chaperone: Dennis Haysbert
Henrietta Ngcebetsha .... office assistant (as Hendrietta Ngcebetsha)
Lewis Nguwata .... general worker
Monde Colin Ntilashe .... filing clerk
Thoko Ntshinga .... dialogue coach: Xhosa
Maxwell Ntsokota .... general worker
Lincon Panya .... general worker
Kerryn Pitt .... unit medic
Annabel Plant .... legal: Future Films
Andre Poggenpoel .... catering team leader
Melvin Qajana .... general worker
Nic Ransome .... script consultant: Future Films
Nicoletta Ricciardi .... production coordinator: Fonema SPA (as Nicoletta Riccardi)
Mathieu Robinet .... assistant to producer: Future Films
Caroline Rodriguez .... script consultant: Arsam International
Véronique Rofé .... production coordinator: Arsam International (as Véronique Rofe)
Benoit Roland .... production coordinator: Banana Films
Dezi Rorich .... unit publicist
Maxine Ross .... runner: Future Films
Jessica Rosselet .... production assistant: Arsam International
Millicent Rweca .... craftee
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Paolo Scarponi .... administration: Fonema SPA
Aubrey Simpson .... chaperone: Bille August
Sybil Simpson .... production assistant
Siya Sityana .... set production assistant
Veronica Snyders .... assistant extras coordinator
Philipp G. Steffens .... financing consultant
Benjamin Stieborn .... accountant: Banana Films
Nadja Stoyan .... trainee: X Filme Creative Pool
Nicolas Taffin .... production coordinator: Arsam International
Darren Thompson .... production assistant
Joan Tissink .... caterer: The Food Lab
Arnaud Tourangin .... script consultant: Arsam International
Marieke Tricoire .... title credits: EDITORS, Paris
Karin Trolle .... director: making of
Karin Trolle .... personal assistant: Bille August
Nancy Truter .... administrator
Aaron Tyeko .... general worker
Garin Van Munster .... animal coordinator: dogs
Drikus White .... base camp manager
Shuiab Whittle .... runner
Deirdre Williams .... production coordinator (as Deirdré Williams)
Alex Yali .... general worker
Nicholas Frank .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frankie Malhotra .... production assistant (uncredited)
Aranka Matits .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Marc Noyons .... financial services (uncredited)
Micah Schifman .... assistant: Diane Kruger (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bertrand Le Delezir .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Also Known As:
"Goodbye Bafana" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Runtime:
118 min
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the car explodes in front of an office building after two officers walk by, the blast should have shattered the office windows (and there are sounds of breaking glass), yet they remain intact.See more »
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Nelson Mandela:I have not touched my wife in twenty-one years.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Detailed as well as interesting chronicle of an agreeable relationship between a prison warden and his prisoner , Nelson Mandela, 15 February 2015
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

The picture was well based on real events and actual characters , regarding the true story of a white South African racist , a prison warden (Joseph Fiennes) whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner named Nelson Mandela (Dennis Haysbert) he guarded for twenty years . Although Mandela initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the SACP he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1961, leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government . In 1962, he was arrested , convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state , and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial . Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife . Dismissed President Bota , Mandela joined negotiations with Nationalist President F. W. De Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory and became South Africa's first black president .

This is an enjoyable as well as thought-provoking story about a warden and his relationship with Mandela , an emotive flick revolving around imprisonment Nelson until his freedom and inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa . This story about prison and apartheid is very compelling made and deserving a fine treatment with poignant moments . It's completely convincing and makes a moving and powerful statement about the evil of the racism. It's an intelligent movie that shows the nature of racial policy and political events in South Africa . The picture has some strong moments as police cruelty on civilians as well security officers' brutality against prisoners and other people , including women , and infants . There's enough background information to give the spectator a taste of what South African life was like under apartheid , detailing hard confrontations , violent environment , fear and tension . The flick describes perfectly a great man who could have lived in bitterness and anger all his existence , seeking vengeance when he ultimately achieved power , but who instead chose to devote himself to democracy and peaceful reconciliation between blacks and whites in South Africa . The main actors , Joseph Fiennes , Dennis Haysbert and Diane Kruger give awesome interpretations and the story was professionally directed by Billie August . Twice winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Pelle the conqueror (1987) and The best intentions (1992) , Billie August is an expert on literary adaptations such as ¨Les Miserables¨, ¨Smilla's Sense of Snow¨ , ¨House of the spirits¨, ¨Marie Kroyer¨, ¨Jerusalem¨ and ¨Night Train to Lisbon¨ . Any yarn regarding Nelson Mandela is a flick worth seeing in my opinion and this one seems to be one of the best . Rating : Better than average , worthwhile watching for historical characters buffs . Other films based on this historical figure are the followings : ¨Mandela¨ (1987) by Philip Saville with Danny Glover , Alfre Woodward , Warren Clarke , Julian Glover ; ¨Mandela and De Clerk¨ (1997) by Joseph Sargent with Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine ; ¨Winnie¨ by Darrel Root with Jennifer Hudson , Terrence Howard , Elias Koteas ; ¨Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom¨ (2013) by Justin Chadwick with Idris Elba and Naomi Harris .

The film was correctly based on historical facts , these are the followings : Nelson Mandela who was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist . He was leader of the African National Congress, who has been imprisoned since 1963 for allegedly inciting riots against the government. As he spend long time in prison amidst tight economic sanctions by the international community, and growing unrest by the natives who continue their fight for equality, and freedom for Nelson Mandela . Amongst mounting international pressure to free Nelson, as well as imposition of crippling economic sanctions, the South African government representative meets with Nelson and agrees to free him . One time freed Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997.

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