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With Madiba’s health failing and the world’s prayers rising to heaven to keep him alive, we take time to pay homage to the life of this great man.

This two-hour video special brings Nelson Mandela’s biography up to date. The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela tells the story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela’s character, leadership and life’s method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies, adversaries, and his fellow prisoners and jailers on Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years.

In other news, British actor Idris Elba will be appearing as Mandela, cast in the lead role of ‘Long Walk to Freedom,’ a film based on Mandela’s autobiography of the same name. The movie, which also stars Naomie Harris as Winnie, chronicles Nelson Mandela’s life from childhood to his election as the South African president.

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One of the most fascinating, complex, revered figures of our generation, Nelson Mandela has a life story that profoundly speaks to unwavering courage, overwhelming compassion for people and the sheer tenacity of the human spirit. It’s a huge undertaking for any actor to capture Mandela onscreen yet Idris Elba seems poised to step up to the challenge.

From the look of the poster, which debuted on The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ could be a memorable, compelling film featuring a breakthrough performance by Idris Elba. The producers are betting on it; it will be released in the United States on November 29th, which is optimal timing for awards consideration.

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Via SBS TV.

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