Winnie Mandela disowns movie about her

By Drum Digital
25 February 2014

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dissociated herself with an upcoming movie about her life.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dissociated herself with an upcoming movie about her life.

The movie "Winnie Mandela", which portrays the personal and political life of the activist and ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, is scheduled to be released in South Africa's theatres.

Mandela said that she had approached the movie producers to voice her concern but it fell on deaf ears.

"In my life's struggle I have seen and heard many things said about me. I understand that my story, alongside that of my people is one that will continue to be told for many generations," she said in a statement.

"In an attempt to ensure that my truth was reflected, I reached out to the film makers of 'Winnie Mandela' - my advances were rejected. I imagine the basis was to allow the creative process to occur organically - a concept I try to understand.

"I respect all creative efforts to make this story one that would appeal to a global audience as well as yield commercial gains for all those who invested in it," she added in her statement.

She further said that she would like her story to be told truthfully and correctly, denying some media reports that she is against the cast of the movie about her because it's done by international artists.

"Unlike 'Long Walk To Freedom', this film is based on an unauthorised biography whose producers did not deem it fit to consult me or my family. My family and I are therefore not associated with this production," she said.

Starring Academy Award winner US Actor Jennifer Hudson in the title role and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela, the film tells the story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's experiences during the turbulent decades of her husband's imprisonment.

It was directed by South African award-winning filmmaker Darrell Roodt. The screenplay was co-written by Roodt and Andre Pieterse. It is based on the book, "Winnie Mandela: A Life", by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob, a former journalist.

- Source: IANS

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