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Mandela stars to join President Obama at White House screening


Story by Jack Foley

IDRIS Elba and Naomie Harris, the stars of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, are expected to join President Obama at a special White House screening of their film later this week.

They will also be joined by Nelson Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela at the November 7 event.

The White House screening follows Sunday’s premiere of the film in Johannesburg that was attended by Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Mandela. It also comes before it is given the Royal Film Performance in London on December 5. Find out more

Commenting on the honour The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said: “Knowing what a strong relationship President Obama has with President Mandela, it’s an honour for this film to be shown at the White House.”

Obama paid a tribute visit to Robben Island jail in June, the facility where Mandela was imprisoned for nearly two decades.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, and 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.

Justin Chadwick directed the movie, which had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

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