Movies of Friday, 28 October 2016
Mandela’s life as a young man who was a revolutionary in South Africa has been recounted in a film by British director John Irvin.
The film, Mandela’s Gun, focuses on a gun that Mandela buried when he returned to South Africa to lead the fight against apartheid. It is said to have been given to him by Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.
Mandela is played by South African Tumisho Masha, who is the first South African to star as Mandela in a major film. It is also important to note that the whole cast of the film is South African.
Mandela’s Gun looks like it is a cross between a political drama and a documentary. A press statement described the film as ‘a unique hybrid of spy thriller and documentary’ that tells the story of Mandela’s African odyssey.
“It’s the story of the first weapon of the armed struggle against Apartheid – and of a Mandela who was more in common with the angry youth behind #feesmustfall than the icon of reconciliation he later became,” sid Moroba Nkawe, a producer with South African film company DV8 Films.
The film will premiere at the Joburg Film Festival on October 28 at The Zone at Rosebank, Johannesburg. There will be a second screening at Maponya Mall in Soweto on October 29.