Theatrical Release Date–November 29, 2013
The Life As Shay Report:
Monday, November 11, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA. I had the pleasure of attending the LA premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.. (The film is based on Nelson Mandela‘s autobiography by the same title.) In my usual pattern of busy oblivion I did not realize that the event was taking place until a few hours before. WHICH MEANS, I was not dressed or prepared for a red carpet movie premiere and after party but you know what, I knew this was an experience that I would deeply regret missing out on.
So I went, work clothes and ponytail amongst floor-length gowns and pearls–on the bright side, I stood out!
At the close of the red carpet, and once the audience was settled into their seats my gratefulness for following through with the evening set in. Quincy Jones introduced the star of the film, Idris Elba, as he took the stage to speak on his experience playing Nelson Mandela. Next Mandela‘s daughter, Zindzi Mandela, took the stage and shared her thoughts on the film and what it means to her family to have their story told on the Big Screen.
It was an honor to view the film as a guest of the NAACP- Los Angeles Branch. This film tells a story that must be told and shared from generation to generation. In watching the film, you become submerged in apartheid South Africa. Some of the audience members uncomfortably shifted in their seats as graphic images of brutal beatings, blind attacks, and venomous acts of hate crimes were inflicted upon Black South Africans and their allies.
You see the shift from bewilderment and helplessness to empowerment and strength as Blacks learned their power with a boycott of the local Bus System. Mandela was able to encourage and lead his community in a fight for equal rights and fair opportunities for South Africans-Black and White. His 27 year stint in prison was willingly accepted as justice and peace for all was “An Ideal For Which He Was Willing To Die.” Following his release from prison in 1990, he went on to be elected as the First Black President of the Republic of South Africa and continued his work of serving humanity as a leader for Civil Liberties with a fearless Heart of a Tiger.
In my usual way of hearing music in my head everywhere I go, several times throughout the movie I heard R. Kelly‘s The World’s Greatest.
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This movie will not only educate and inform, but it will inspire! In your lifetime you should be able to say that you changed the “a world”, maybe not the whole world, by the world of at least one person. You have to stand for something that is beyond the smoke and mirrors of the 21 Century or you will be doing yourself and the generations to come a huge injustice. Find your purpose and STAND.