Academy Award winning actress, Jennifer Hudson, plays the powerful role of Nelson Mandela’s wife in the movie Winnie Mandela, also starring Academy Award Nominee, Terrance Howard, as Nelson Mandela.
Based off of the biography Winnie Mandela: A Life and directed by Darrell Roodt the film showcases Winnie’s life. Beginning with Winnie’s strict upbringing as a child, to her rejecting the opportunity to study in America, to her later marrying Nelson Mandela to only see him imprisoned for life, and her fight to continue Mandela’s legacy and South Africa’s fight for equality.
Filmed three years ago in 2011, Winnie Mandela has struggled to come to the big screen after receiving bad reviews at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The film was rescued by Bishop T.D. Jakes and Image Entertainment and is currently released in U.S. theaters.
Although, Winnie Mandela was on hiatus from the public eye for a few years I am pretty excited to see this movie! Winnie Mandela appears to be a powerful glimpse into South African history and the fight against apartheid.