The biopic of Nelson Mandela, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, will be screened for President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary Clinton on Nov. 20th.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Weinstein Co. said via The Associated Press that the president will screen the film at the White House Thursday. Joining him are both Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela, along with Idris Elba and Naomie Harris who star as Nelson and Winnie Mandela.
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.
The rights to the autobiography were entrusted to producer Anant Singh, and it is the first film to tell Mandela’s whole life story which was approved by his family.
The film also stars a South African cast which includes, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Fana Mokoena, Jamie Bartlett, Deon Lotz, Simo Mogwaza, Terry Pheto, and Thapelo Mokoena. Zolani Mkiva, who rose to fame as the praise singer at Mandela’s 1994 presidential inauguration, also stars in the film.
The Weinstein Co. is also working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a program to screen the biopic throughout schools in the US. Together they will work and contribute with the largest school districts and education organizations in America to see millions of high school students study the life lessons in Mandela's story.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens Nov. 29.