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Video: Idris Elba and Anant Singh Attend the World Premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in Joburg

MandelaThe world premiere of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was held in Rosebank on Sunday, reports Arwa Damon and Teo Kermeliotis for CNN. Based on Mandela’s autobiography, the biopic was released along with the film companion Mandela by Anant Singh, Ahmed Kathrada and William Nicholson.

Singh, who produced the movie, said that the project has been 25 years in the making and that he had been writing to Mandela while he was still imprisoned to secure the film rights to his story. He said that he has letters Mandela wrote in reply asking if people would actually be interested in a movie about his life. British actor Idris Elba, who plays Mandela, spoke about how nervous he was taking the role on but said that he realised that if you put your mind to something you can do it.

Watch the video and read about the premiere:

It was decades in the making but the long-awaited film based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography is finally here.

Starring British actor Idris Elba as the beloved South African icon, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” had its South African premiere Sunday in a buzzing Johannesburg cinema.

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