“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
'MANDELA' Screens in New York
The movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” screened on Monday evening at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. The Mandela family paid a brutal cost for freedom in South Africa. That’s really what the film is about. It’s kind of a love story, a complicated love story.
Zenani, Mandela’s daughter was in attendance & thanked U2 for their activism and music during a brief introduction at the screening. The band who music appears on the soundtrack was cohosting with Anna Wintour and Burberry. Idris Elba, who is attracting Academy Awards buzz for his performance in the title role, said the part required intense preparation. “I watched a lot of footage, I listened to his voice a lot, I watched his body language, I watched people and how they reacted to him and that’s how I realized what his essence is about,” he said.
After the screening, a select number of moviegoers — Naomie Harris (who plays Winnie Mandela in the film), Lenny Kravitz, Helena Christensen, Iman, John Varvatos, Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Dermot Mulroney, Ali Hewson, and Jessica Stam — retired to sip Champagne at the after party.