Idris Elba, Naomi Harris Star In Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk To Freedom”-Movie Premiere + Trailer

Hollywood superstars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris were the toast of the bunch as they joined wives, children, grandchildren, close friends and fellow cast and crew members of “Long Walk To Freedom” at its premier in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday November 3rd 2013.

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Idris Elba And Naomi Harris

Idris who plays Mandela and Naomi who is Winnie Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom an adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography with the same name,

produced by Anant Singh and directed by Justin Chadwick were alongside notable guests including ex-wife of the man fondly called ‘Madiba’, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, third and current wife, Graca Machel, the new British and US ambassadors, the Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer and Ahmed Kathrada, a fellow prisoner on Robben Island, and the lawyer George Bizos, who defended Mandela from a possible death penalty half a century ago at the premiere to pay tribute to the great legend.

Commenting on the movie which features an all-South African cast apart from the two lead actors, Mandela&#39s daughter Zindzi said: “When I watched the movie it was a very emotional moment for me. I found it quite therapeutic. It made me confront many emotions that I&#39d buried and refused to acknowledge. Honestly it was very difficult … At the same time, the love that kept the family together comes through in the film. And the fact that my father left … and my mother continued the struggle.”

 The 53-year-old added: “There is a scene where my sister and I are left alone at home because my mother has been locked up and my sister is looking after me, like trying to make us breakfast and so on. It made me weep and weep because it was so true. And we had those moments of loneliness where we found there is nobody for us and it was very bleak and no hope of anybody coming to our rescue. And just that scene alone took me to the various episodes in my life where I just felt the absence of a father, of a mother and of a normal family life.”

British director Justin Chadwick arrives with British

actress Naomie Harris

Film producer Anant Singh (L) arrives with Ahmed

Kathrada, a close friend of Nelson Mandela

Graca Machel (L), wife of former South African president

Nelson Mandela, embraces Ahmed Kathrada

Idris Elba & Graca Machel

Idris Elba poses for a photograph with Graca

Machel (L), Mandela&#39s wife,

and her daughter Jozina Machel

 

Winnie Mandela (R), ex-wife of former South African

president Nelson Mandela with Idris Elba

Naomie Harris holds hands with Zindzi Mandela,

one of Nelson and Winnie Mandela&#39s daughters

Ndaba and Ndileka Mandela, Mandela&#39s

grandchildren with actress Terry Pheto who

plays the role of Mandela&#39s

first wife Evelyn Mase

Tony Kgoroge, Tery Pheto and Zikhona Sodlaka

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