Winnie Mandela Biopic Gets Distribution


After sitting on the shelf for several years, Winnie Mandela has finally been picked up for distribution.

Winnie Mandela explores the personal and political life of the wife of renowned activist and former South African President, Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard). The film tells the compelling story of one woman’s journey as she fights for the freedom of the man she loves and for the freedom of her people during the Apartheid era. Winnie Mandela depicts the struggle to keep the Mandela dream alive amidst her husband’s life imprisonment, her own time in solitary confinement, and her battle to overcome controversies that followed her through the years.

Winnie Mandela‘ has been a labor of love,” said director Darrell J. Roodt. “We wanted to uphold the prestige of the Mandela name and tell her story as accurately and respectfully as possible. We took great pride and responsibility in creating this movie, and we are proud to release the never-before-seen dramatic love story this Fall. The brilliant acting by Jennifer and Terrence, supported by the excellent cinematography and outstanding title song by six time Academy Award nominee Diane Warren (sung by Hudson), make this film incomparable.”

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“This movie offers American audiences a rare opportunity to visit the amazing beauty of South Africa from a theater seat,” said TD Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises. “But even more, it is an epic look at love and liberty and the great expense incurred to attain and maintain either. It is our honor to inspire a wider audience to sample the drama of a love life painted on the canvas of Apartheid. Image Entertainment and RLJ, we applaud you for having the courage to unveil this compelling story on screen.”

The film stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Sex in the City) and Academy Award nominee Howard (Hustle & Flow, Red Tails, Iron Man).

Winnie Mandela will be released in theaters later this fall.

Check out the trailer from the film below.