Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and the first black President of South Africa when he was elected in 1994 after spending 27 long years behind bars under the conviction of sabotage and plotting to overthrow the government. He has been a symbol of hope to the world and has received more than 250 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, for his efforts to restore peace and brotherhood between the white man and the black man. Now, at the grand age of 94, he is peacefully looking towards the end of his life and what better way to pay tribute to this extraordinary individual than to document his life story in film to remind the world just how important this man was to the history of humankind.
This dramatic biopic has been adapted from Mandela's 1994 autobiography 'Long Walk to Freedom' which documented his childhood, growing up, his education and his harrowing life in prison before being welcomed on his release as a hero. It has been directed by Justin Chadwick ('The Other Boleyn Girl', 'The First Grader') and written by William Nicholson ('Les Misérables', 'Gladiator', 'Nell') and will hit UK cinemas next year on January 3rd 2014.
Lucky Kunene (Mamabolo then Seiphemo) grew up in poverty in Soweto with his pal Zakes (Mahloko then Nyakale). Usually in trouble for something minor, local criminal Nazareth (Zekele) takes them under his wing and teaches them more serious stuff, which they take to naturally. But Lucky's conscience keeps getting the best of him, and he eventually ends up in Johannesburg, where being the victim of a crime inspires him to combine charity with money-making. As he builds an empire as a "property developer", he makes enemies on both sides of the law.
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