With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in its release has become a theatrical eulogy. Nelson Mandela, South African revolutionary and former president, died Thursday at the age of 95. Mr. Mandela has been larger-than-life hero whose story and accomplishments have inspired courage, provided hope, and encouraged reconciliation throughout the world.
A movie portrait, which was supported by his family, of this great man was released six days before he died. News of his death came during the London premiere of the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," where his daughters Zindzi and Zenani were in attendance. They requested that the film continue, although they immediately left the theatre. Producer Anant Singh called for a moment of silence at the end of the showing of the movie.
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was released in limited theatres in the United States last weekend. It is scheduled to open widely during the Christmas season. This is a fitting time to celebrate Nelson Madela's life, because he was known as a great reconciler.
Harvey Weinstein, the co-chairman of the Weinstein Co that is distributing this movie, stated "One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity...We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela's story and legacy. It's been an honour to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history's greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice."
The film has screened for dignitaries around the world and is a hit in South Africa. There it has set a box-office record, earning $427,000 in its opening week.
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