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The first film still of Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as his former wife Winnie Mandela in Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom. The much-anticipated biopic will make its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before opening in the United States on November 29.
Meanwhile: The 95-year-old Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized in South Africa and is said to be in "critical but stable condition," reports the BBC.
"He remains in hospital in Pretoria two-and-a-half months after being admitted with a recurring lung infection. Mr Mandela entered hospital on 8 June. ... The anti-apartheid activist's lung infection is believed to date back to the period of nearly three decades he spent in prison, for his activities in the African National Congress."
Nelson Mandela was the first Black President of South Africa and served from 1994 to 1999.
On a personal note: On my first visit to Ethiopia in late 2011, I stayed on the fifth floor of the Ras Hotel in Addis Ababa. This was the the very same floor where Mandela lived in 1962. It was an incredible feeling to walk in the shadow of this iconic man. Also: I was luck enough to be in Zambia and South Africa on a fellowship in July and August. Almost everywhere you traveled across Sub-Saharan Africa, the news media and everyone you encountered were discussing the legacy of "Madiba."
Very much looking forward to watching this film. Watch the recently-released trailer WHEN YOU JUMP ...
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