Nelson Mandela dies: 3 Movies That Celebrated His Life

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Celebrated South African leader Nelson Mandela has passed away at the age of 95, CNN reports. Mandela, who helped lead the nation out of apartheid after being released from a 27-year prison sentence, wasn’t just revered by politicians and diplomats — he was celebrated in cinema too.

Countless films have been inspired by Mandela’s journey — with the latest, Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Alba and Naomie Harris, opening over Thanksgiving weekend (see the trailer below).

Keep reading for 3 more notable movies about his life:

Invictus (2009)

The Clint Eastwood directed film — which starred Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon — followed Mandela’s efforts to rile up the national rugby team to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup in his first term as South African President.

Winnie Mandel (2011)

Terrence Howard played the title role of the leader in this 2011 film, which chronicled the life of Mandela’s wife Winnie
(portrayed by Jennifer Hudson).

Mandela and de Klerk (1997)

Starring Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine, Mandela and de Klerk captured the 1964 treason trial that led to the leader’s 27-year incarceration. Watch a clip from the film below.


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