When young Winnie Madikizela first set eyes on lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957, it was love at first sight and it wasn't long before she became Mrs Winnie Mandela. However, their idyllic life was soon to be torn apart when he was arrested five years later and later charged with life imprisonment for conspiring to overthrow the state. Winnie did anything but give up though. She embarked on an activism campaign of her own, determined not to let her husband's voice be forgotten and tirelessly working on winning his freedom. Even in spite of numerous scandals that were thrust against her, her loyalty and fighting spirit never wavered.
'Winnie Mandela' is the touching story about the woman who stood behind the man who changed South Africa for the better. It has been directed by Darrell Roodt ('Yesterday', 'Prey', 'Dangerous Ground') who co-wrote the screenplay with Andre Pieterse ('e'Lollipop'), and it is based on the biography 'Winnie Mandela: A Life' by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob. It was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award at the 2013 Genie Awards, for Elias Koteas performance in his supporting role as Colonel de Vries. The movie is set to be released on September 6th 2013.
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