Mandela's Long Walk


The movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a fictionalized retelling of the late Nelson Mandela's life, was based on the South African leader's 1994 autobiography. The film, which features the English actor Idris Elba in the title role, ambitiously tries to cover Mandela's entire adult life.

The film depicts a complicated relationship between Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), the political party he fronted. Mandela's fellow ANC leaders aren't always painted in the positive way that the party would probably prefer.

When the ruling white National Party approaches a jailed Mandela to negotiate an end to apartheid, the film shows fellow ANC prisoners openly questioning whether Mandela would sell them out. The arc of post-apartheid South Africa shows that the reverse happened: The corrupt ANC betrayed Mandela's vision for his homeland.