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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Movie review: Mandela Long walk to freedom

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MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.


  • Idis Elba gave an Academy Award worthy  portrayal of Nelson Mandela .
  • Naomie Harris who played the part of Winnie Mandela also did an excellent job.


Mandela: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Mandela: “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”


Long walk to freedom is a very touching and inspirational movie . Many may already know the story but it is still great to see it played out perfectly on the big screen .It is amazing to see what a great man Mandela was to forgive his oppressors and unite his country after all that was done to him and his people . This movie should especially be watched by the younger generation ,for them to know the man behind the legend , and for them to learn from his incredible example.

It is simply a powerful movie, that shows a man more passionate about equality and human rights than his own well being.


5 out of 5




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    • Well articulated. I also do not see what would have made Mr. Mandela a hero. There is really nothing to show for except that he slept in the jail for 27 years! And when he came out????? …….Some one had grabbed Winnie !!!

    • Mandela was glorified by the white people for saving their souls. They put up huge propaganda campaigns to praise him as a peace maker. In the meantime his own people went back to the shacks while the white people enjoyed wine and champaign in the beauty of CAPETOWN wine estates. Yes I will mourn Mandela but not as a hero he has been made to be. He betrayed our struggle

    • The real freedom fighter is Robert Mugabe. The whites have demonized him but he has stood his ground. They have tried to put him down with sanctions and all sorts but the stalwart of Zimbabwe is still standing. Today they are now beginning to troop back to Zimbabwe on his terms for the benefit of Zimbabweans. What a true son of Africa!!

    • You are a very big fool. I guess you even blame your mother for your own failures in life. Take time to research on what that man did to bring an end to racial segregation in South Africa. Today, skilled/educated black South African are in control of almost everything there unlike during the apartheid time. I am sure fools like you expected Mandela to grab white mans properties and give it to blacks just like Mugabe, Kaunda, Idi Amin and many other stupi.d African leaders did. That is why Mandela is different. He almost went that direction (nationalization) but he was advised not to. Blacks with brains in SA are enjoying. watch documentaries on white poverty in SA may be you will understand what is happening there. Don’t show your stup.idity by insulting that great son of Africa.

    • It’s suprising to see you say those words openly..Mandela went to prison because of his fight for freedom. You talk of poverty now and blame him for that while he handed over the chair over 10 years ago!..You must be kidding me..

  2. what a poor review…how do you give a film 5/5 star….and were are the cons…or its because its a film for mandela… next time do a gud job..

  3. Mandela fought for the emancipation of black people from white domination and he sacrificed his life for it that NO ONE will ever take away from him. Economic emancipation is was left to the others like the Mbekis and Zuma’s but look at what they have done… messed up!
    Mbeki was too philosophical and lost touch with reality and Zuma has yet to find his feet in terms of providing leadership so RSA’s problems are not a creation of Mandela he did his part let others also do what is expected of them.

    Mandela had a communist orientation but for the sake of his country he embraces Capitalism cos he knew that for RSA to make it that the way to go. Lets be fair and give credit where its due. South Africans ask your selves what is yo contribution to the…

    • Mandela betrayed the course of our struggle. We were at a point when we were to have a very strong position to take full economic and political freedom. The whites saw this coming and thought they will lose everything including the fear of being chased into the seas. Mandela gave in for his OWN freedom. Today, we in South Africa are still leaving in the squalors with no proper housing, no water and no toilets. Meanwhile the whites are having a field day in the affluent restaurants and malls at Sandton, Clearwater, waterfront, Canal Walk etc. We need Malema……..Mandela failed us.


  4. What type of a review is this that does not have cons. It only has pros. Where on earth can you find something that is flawless? Come on, bring out the cons. I have not watch the movie yet but I know there are things that Idris did not portray very well.

    For example, I can guess the accent is not perfect so you can bring that out as cons.

  5. Not amused and Boreman, the pair of you are a little pricks! Zambia has got no water and no clean water in many areas, people are still using pit latrines and some have their classrooms under trees and no school in the rainy season, all this nonsense after 49 years independence. So before you open your tuma garlic infested mouths take a good look at your country before you criticise Mandela and South Africa.

  6. The movie has trivialized the struggle and also the hardships experienced. This movie unlike “Ghandi” does not depict the true essence of the struggle.

    The true heros of the struggle were in fact the unspoken followers blacks, whites and Indians – we must not forget that we have moved forward and we all have choices, south Africans must now move forward and create opportunities and not live in the past.

  7. Yes, Mandela did not fight this alone, but he was the last saint, wise man standing who made a wise move of reconciliation. Like it or not he is an Icon. Recognised around the globe. You will forever be remembered Tata Mandela, we all have a little bit of YOU in us, which is a guarantee that we will continue to make this country a better place for all.

  8. “I have fought against white domination and I have also fought against black domination, I have cherished the ideal of democratic & free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equally opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope live for and to achieve. But, if need be, IT IS AN IDEAL FOR WHICH I AM PREPARED TO DIE”
    It beats me why one would blow hot air trivializing Mandela’s 27 years in prison for a man who was willing to die for his belief in equality & social justice. Further more only people who have never dug deep about the person Mandela would have a shallow view of 27 years in prison being what they think made Mandela. Forget the 27 years, its Mandela’s humility that made him an extraordinary human being of our time. Forgiving, humility, cheerful, loving…

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