Nelson Mandela was an icon and influence for many around the world. He was also portrayed numerous times in film. This year saw the release of two films about Mandela. One of those was “Winnie Mandela,” which starred Jennifer Hudson in the titular role and Terrence Howard as the former South African president. Upon hearing of the passing of Nelson Mandela, Howard issued a statement, which was received via email on Dec. 6 by the Chico Movie Examiner.
“Mandela shall be missed but his spirit remains with us as long as we remember the principal of greater love for one another and respect for oneself. Rest well, brother, until the world cries again for the warmth of your brilliant light!”
“Winnie Mandela” chronicles the life of the wife of the former South African president, from her days of childhood to her marriage and her husband’s incarceration. The producers of the film also issued a statement, which was received in the same email.
“Together with our nation and the world, we mourn the loss of South Africa’s greatest hero – former President Nelson Mandela. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all who were touched by his life – especially the Mandela family and close friends. One of the blessings of working on the film, was learning more about this extraordinary man and recognising the impact he made – not only on the lives of South Africans, but on the lives, policies and decisions of leaders around the world. Thank you, Madiba, for bringing your light to our world. May that light shine on forever! Hamba kahle, Tata.”
“Winnie Mandela” was released to DVD on Dec. 3.
The other film released this year about Mandela is “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which has Idris Elba playing the role. During the London screening, news broke of Mandela’s passing.