5 photos from the Mandela movie premiere that made us feel good inside

2013-11-04 08:54
Johannesburg - Bright lights and rolling cameras lined the red carpet at the premiere of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at The Zone in Rosebank, north of Johannesburg on Sunday.

According to Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi it was emotional to watch. "It was very emotional to watch it. I watched it with my mom and husband and Anant Singh," she told reporters.

"The love that kept the family together comes through in the film."

The film tells the story of Mandela from his childhood days in Qunu, Eastern Cape, to his time in prison on Robben Island and his struggles with the transition from an apartheid state to a democratic country.

The film also features popular local actors Jamie Bartlett, Sthandiwe and Tony Kgoroge, Terry Pheto, Athandwa Kani, and Riaad Moosa.

The film will be released in South Africa and the United States on 28 November.

Here's 5 photos from the premiere that made us feel pretty good inside:

1) When Idris Elba, who plays the role of Nelson Mandela in the film, appeared on the red carpet smiling even though he had to be rushed to hospital on Saturday after suffering an asthma attack.

2) When Hollywood hottie Naomie Harris was blown away by South Africa's beauty.

3) When Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel posed for a photo with Idris and Graca did a little wave at the camera.

4) When Idris and Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela–Mandela shared a laugh together and afterwards Winnie admitted that she was deeply moved by the film.

5) When Naomie Harris looked absolutely stunning on the red carpet and we knew that Hollywood had come to Jozi and that the whole world was watching.

(Images: AFP/AP)


  • Bennie Kruger - 2013-11-04 09:09

    Was this story not told over and over and over and over already

      Ben Rase Raselabe - 2013-11-04 10:17

      and more stories are still to come

      JamesBlacksmith - 2013-11-04 11:46

      Not sure seeing the star of a movie share a laugh with a person guilty of fraud, kidnapping and murder (Winnie) should make me feel 'good inside'. So yes, assuming the movie shows Winnie stating "with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country." and also state that the TRC found her guilty of "personally been directly responsible for the murder, torture, abduction and assault of numerous men, women and children, as well as indirectly responsible for even larger number of such crimes" ... I will feel good inside. If not, I feel pretty bad inside that Hollywood would associate with a human rights abuser. For all our fellow black South Africans, imagine Eugene Tereblanche were portrayed as a hero. That's not something we should feel 'good' about.

      Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-11-04 12:48

      expect Zuma: Long walk to Nkandla

      Faahim Dajee - 2013-11-04 13:41

      @Bennie, and your point is? Dont you enjoy real life stories that derive from a country that you reside in and more so of our iconic leader? Okay wait don't answer that.

      Liansky Nino Bestenbier - 2013-11-05 20:06

      The world is not interested in your hero, Verwoerd.

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-11-11 07:02

      @Blacksmith, this isn't a Hollywood movie and The Godfather made a lot of money about killing.

  • MikeyHarky - 2013-11-04 09:12

    Was the actual truth told in this movie of the truth according to the ANC? Did they reveal that Mandela was a terrorist and responsible for the deaths of many?

      Ishmail Shepherd - 2013-11-04 09:19

      get over yaself man!!!!

      MikeyHarky - 2013-11-04 10:01

      I see a jailbird who was there fits reason Let the truth be told just line the truth is always told about apartheid, or are we always going to fall back on the "struggle"

      Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-11-04 12:43

      and you are an e-terrorist responsible for feeding gabbage to internet users

      Faahim Dajee - 2013-11-04 14:38

      Thanks Micheal, im assuming you a fan of Verwoerd and Botha, your hero's.

      Callie Jordaan - 2013-11-06 20:21

      Yes, many in the ANC including Mandela were responsible for bombs & public violence that caused the deaths of many innocent citizens. But many also suffered & died, arrested while they were actually just suspects in public violence, homes were raid & plundered by the police. From both sides there was a price to pay, we have been through it.

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-11-11 07:04

      It was PAC that did the fighting and the ANC stayed on the sideline and got the credit.

  • Dylan Loveland - 2013-11-04 09:34

    im surprised winnie didnt give idris alba on of her infamous flaming michelin necklaces as a complementary gift.

  • Grant Logan - 2013-11-04 11:03

    I can only assume from comments on here that some people still want us to call them "baas". Apartheid was a reality that my parents and their parents lived and yes all stories are told over and over again. And if you listen you may learn something from it.

      Faahim Dajee - 2013-11-04 13:39

      @Grant, you couldn't have said it better, i think their annoyed at the truth and more so that its celebrated world wide.

      JamesBlacksmith - 2013-11-05 09:10

      @Faahim It isn't that a movie is made about Mandela, it is that the Hollywood puts its typical spin on events in this country (and other countries). The USA supporter the SA government for many years, all the while enforcing a trade embargo with Cuba (even today). And yet we see Hollywood stars embrace a woman that according to the TRC was "personally been directly responsible for the murder, torture, abduction and assault of numerous men, women and children"? If you want to be taken seriously, you need to be able to discern between 'good' and 'bad' figureheads and not merely embrace every person because of their colour or culture. And most importantly think about the fact that had Mandela lived in the USA (in his youth) he would today either have been taken out by the CIA or spent time indefinitely being tortured in Guantanamo Bay, because trying to blow up innocent civilians is an act of terror. So simply put Grant, I believe its mostly the hypocrisy that irks some folk.

      Faahim Dajee - 2013-11-05 09:39

      @James,i love how you pin point and acknowledge the wrongs especially the emphasis on terrorism and thats seems to be the selling point for you guys, i agree that no one's an angel, however he spent time in prison for his actions(Although understandable under the circumstances). Has the apartheid government and the cowards that put them in into power ever paid for the wrongs that they have done? "Evil prevails when good men fail to act" Did you act when women and children were driven out of their homes, when humans who werent white were killed, mistreated and hung just because of their color? Tell you what, maybe the apartheid government did not actually blow up people, but what they've done has affected innocent people long term and damaged more lives then you can ever imagine,maybe they didn't pull the trigger but they damn sure provided the bullets.

      JamesBlacksmith - 2013-11-05 10:49

      @Faahim 1. Please don't refer to me or anyone else as 'you guys'. I don't fall into a certain category thank you. 2. I don't judge Mandela for wanting to commit acts of terrorism, I'm merely pointing out the hypocrisy of the USA (of all countries) now supporting a terrorist, but more importantly associating with someone like Winnie Mandela. 3. My ancestors arrived in a barren land 400 years ago and was chased all over South Africa by the British empire for the next 300 years, only to culminate in the murder of a 1/4 of their population (mostly woman and children). And if you want to argue that 'Africans' were here first, I'd recommend you read up on how the Bantu nation got to South Africa in the first place, yes murder, rape and pillage. Cowards? You mean the nation that declared war against the mightiest empire in the world, trekked over mountains with wagons? Took on 10-15,000 Zulu's with 470 men? When you lose a war Faahim, you can't demand to rule. And yet, like I had to do, you could also left this country if you were discriminated against (like many white South Africans have done). Zimbabweans, Somalians and Nigerians certainly do... and yet the hell that was South Africa saw no mass exodus? Odd. While I make my salary off oversees companies that don't discriminate based on my race, other's make theirs off tenders and AA positions. So why not sit back and enjoy life, instead of blaming other's for your failures?

      Faahim Dajee - 2013-11-05 11:09

      @James, I wont resort to historical or political text's or history as i believe it doesnt define us South Africans today because it becomes a scape goat and based a lot of inaccuaracies. I will however say that im a Proud South African and prouder of what we've become as a nation, yes we have rotten apples all round but they do not define us or a democracy. So when I hear or read people comparing Mandela to ET, it raises concerns that there are people out there who fail us as a nation, i choose not to be those people who are negative about our growth. I have the same freedoms you have TODAY, think thats a failure?

      JamesBlacksmith - 2013-11-05 11:44

      @Faahim No-one compared ET to Madiba. I drew a comparison between the deeds of Winnie Mandela and ET. Both are people the majority of South Africans can agree should NOT be in any way applauded. It is thus sickening to me as a South African that any person guilty of murder, torture, abduction and advocating the torturous death (via necklacing)can even be allowed at such an event. I also pointed out that the USA (and thus Hollywood for that matter) are gross hypocrites. It thus irks me that a nation like the USA can jump on the 'Mandela bandwagon' (like so many other nations have done) considering their own current abuse of human rights. I also called for discernment, because it is impossible to take any nation seriously that cannot vehemently reject such a vile person (like W.Mandela). You may note the vast majority of Afrikaners (and I only say 'vast' because I'm sure the four people that disagree will gain instant media attention) reject the actions of ET, Piet Skiet, and yet here in the media spotlight, Winnie Mandela gains accolade? Same freedoms? I venture there are a number of experienced white car guards today that disagree.

      Faahim Dajee - 2013-11-05 12:09

      @James, I agree that a lot of the so called activists whether they are ANC, EFF Or DA etc, inherited a false following due to Mandela's attributes and accomplishments and for that i too am annoyed. That said, this particular movie has attracted a lot of attention and most of it being negative reviews, not so much about the actual movie but indirect sarcastic comments to Mandela and for that reason i don't mind arguing constructively. Point is and this is a question we all should ask, Did Mandela change things for the better or not? And did his good outway his bad? I for one answer in the positive to both, but thats my opinion.

      JamesBlacksmith - 2013-11-05 12:49

      @Faahim In my experience having lived oversees and having actually worked side by side for a number of years with a quasi 'notorious' black activist, racism in the UK and USA is rife. There are a number of race/nationalistic related incidents that simply do not make headlines. In stark contrast, ANY news from SA regarding racism is blown out of proportion and only because countries like the USA,UK, France etc. have managed to wipe their own internal issues under the rug by pointing out issues abroad. I.e 'be thankful for that you have'. I would venture a lot of negative comments arise out of a combination of Hollywood/uk-political agenda for 'milking Mandela' for their own benefit and in this particular instance the very fact that a notorious woman is sitting smiling next to the lead actor and we're told to 'feel good about it'. I don't, do you? Where however is the condemnation? Nelson Mandela's legacy will remain for centuries. However by all rights if not for Quartus de Wet (whose mother was reputed for composing Sarie Marais), he would have received the death penalty as was the typical punishment for high treason. One would assume that any non-biassed film-maker would include this rather crucial bit. But that remains to be seen.

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-11-11 07:29

      @Blacksmith, Hollywood has made a movie about some of the worst killers in the world and Mandela wasn't not a killer or a terrorists. The big myth that the ANC fought and liberated SA from apartheid is far from being true because it was PAC did the fighting. How could you watch a movies about the Godfather and it was about killing in the underworld?

      Onke Dali - 2013-11-11 07:46

      You know sometimes as an aadult you need to know when to talk and when to shut it. Yes James I'm talking to you! This is a movie about Nelson Mandela's life, so by default there's only so much that can be squeezed into 90 minutes or so. Secondly why do people like you feel the need to get on your soapbox every time something positive is said about Nelson Mandela or any other freedom figher for that matter? "Oh he was a a terrorist blah di blah di blah" What did you expect? A hug. I personally wish the ANC had done more, not those mickey mouse bombings they did. Apartheid deserved and still deserves a very, very harsh punishment for those who perpetrated and benefited from it, including you chap. You then go on about AA. Again, what do you expect? BBBEE & AA exist because people like you stood by while Apartheid exploited the Black majority for the enrichment of the white minority therefore these laws will remain until that has been corrected, as much as something like this can be corrected. I feel bad for you and those who think like you. Absolutely no remorse and a sense of entitlement not seen anywhere else in the world. This country forgave a people not worthy of forgiveness, now you have big mouths, talking nonsense on the Internet because you live in a democracy and are free to speak your minds, however misinformed and bigoted in may be. A luxury never afforded to the black man under white racist rule. Disrespectful little pr!ck!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-11-04 11:51

    Glitter and glamour. A Bollywood production made in Hollywood?.

  • Odette Hattingh - 2013-11-04 11:57

    So wonderful that we had the premier in SA, really puts us on the map with regards to the film industry. Well done all!! P.s. Michael, what have you ever done to make people the world over remember you, that's correct, no one will ever know who you are except maybe for putting such hateful comments on this forum... poor you.

  • MikeyHarky - 2013-11-04 13:20

    It's a bad reflection when a country's national hero is a criminal & murderer

  • Precious Mudau Preshy - 2013-11-04 14:35

    i still think south african should have been the ones playing the role of nelson mandele, or we dont have good actprs here?

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-11-11 07:17

      If people from SA should have been playing the leading role, you should have put up the money for this movie. Movies with black subject matters only make a lot of money in the US that has a vast market. So, the big question will this movie makes a lot of money or flop out?

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