A long-awaited film on the life of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has premiered in his native South Africa.
The movie Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, is based on his autobiography of the same title.
It follows the life of the anti-apartheid icon from his childhood to his election as the country’s first black president in 1994.
The 95-year-old Mandela was too frail to attend the premiere as he is under medical care at home.
His ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said in remarks before the screening that she had “no words” to describe the film’s “translation of that painful past”.
After spending 27 years in jail for activism against the racist regime, Mandela preached equality and forgiveness in the bitterly divided nation, winning him worldwide admiration as a peace icon.
The movie will hit New Zealand at the end of January 2014.
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