In a special video which concurred the release of the biopic, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," prominent personalities across Britain paid tribute to Nelson Mandela.
The movie was directed by Justin Chadwick with stars Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as his wife Winnie. Based on a memoirs of the same title,"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" chronicles personal and notable political events in the life of anti-apartheid protagonist Nelson Mandela. The movie aptly portrays the life of the former South African President's life from his childhood, imprisonment and ultimate liberty.
In a short video, famous personalities like journalist Jon Snow to singer-lyricist Emeli Sande cited one of Mandela's most esteemed quotes: "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
The quote was intermingled with poignant tributes to Mandela, including from his daughter Zindzi Mandela. She emotively said: "You have inspired me Madiba to find expression, to have confidence in myself, to fight for my beliefs, that it's better to die for what I believe in than to live for nothing, and for that I love you eternally."
The movie was a short walk to the Oscars and received three Golden Globe nominations, including the best actor nomination for Elba's brilliant performance.
"I think that it's a very good portrayal of the book, "Naturally, with a book like that, which encompasses several hundred pages, it's not easy to include everything about his life. But I think it was quite a fair portrayal. I was quite satisfied with it," told 84 year-old Ahmed Kathrada to Hollywood reporter.
Kathrada was one of Mandela's closest friends for 67 years until his demise Dec. 5, 2013. He has first-hand experience of the journey as depicted in the film as they struggled, challenged, and won their fight for equanimity and justice in South Africa.
Watch: Tributes to Mandela as Long Walk to Freedom is set to hit cinemas
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