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Mandela

Directors: Angus Gibson and Jo Menell
Directors of Photography:Dewald Aukema and Peter Tischhauser
Editor:Andy Keir
Music:Hugh Masekela and Cédric Gradus Samson
Producers:Jonathan Demme, Jo Menell and Peter Saraf
Island Pictures; NR; 118 minutes
Release:4/97
With:Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela

Mandela, nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, is an “official” biopic, which means it's light on scandal and heavy on political history. This would be okay if the film went into more detail about white-ruled South Africa's transition to a multiracial system. Instead, it glosses over the mechanics of ending apartheid and downplays the struggles and missteps that made South Africa's evolution so human and inspiring.


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