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This provocative documentary reverently chronicles the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who played a key role in the abolishment of apartheid by becoming a symbol of the colonialist oppression of black Africans. The biography covers all the major events of Mandela's personal and public life from his childhood to the early stages of his promising political career to his 27-year incarceration to his rise to become South Africa's first black president.

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The importance of the events in Mandela's life have seemingly constrained the filmmakers and made some of the key moments feel heavy handed. Yet even so, the film does manage to convey the notion that a single human being can change the world"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"It's a powerhouse of a film: informative, powerful, moving, involving and inspirational with Idris Elba outstanding in the title role"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
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