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Movie Mom


posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Violence/Scariness:Disturbing material about apartheid
Diversity Issues:A theme of the movies
Movie Release Date:March 21, 1997
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: None
Violence/Scariness: Disturbing material about apartheid
Diversity Issues: A theme of the movies
Movie Release Date: March 21, 1997

Celebrate the 90th birthday this week of one of history’s greatest leaders, Nelson Mandela, with one of the fine films about his extraordinary perseverance, vision, courage, and leadership. The story of the massive social change he achieved without violence is profoundly moving and inspiring and one that all families should understand and discuss. Perhaps his greatest contribution is the notion of reconciliation and forgiveness rather than retribution and punishment, a lesson the world will need to recover from its current conflicts.

nelson mandela.jpg

The documentary, Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation follows Mandela from his early years as one of nine children of a polygamist father assigned the name “Nelson” by a teacher instead of his tribal name to his 27 years in prison, his election to the Presidency of South Africa and the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize. The made-for-television Mandela & De Klerk (PG-13 for disturbing images of political violence) has Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine as Mandela and his co-Nobel awardee F.W. de Klerk. Both are outstanding.


  • lee jhon sein

    My name is lee jhon sein. I’m outstanding author or philosopher or teacher of God.
    I love nelson mandela while i can read about his biography.
    I see that’s God with him or he can’t do this case without Holy Spirit of God.
    His believe is outstanding or he has got powers of God.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks for writing, Lee Jhon Sein. Mandela is a true hero and an inspiration to all.

  • laweetan

    I respect him very much.
    I wanna meet him so much.

  • baby.boy242

    He’s my teacher.
    Big thanks.

  • Jeanett Svihus

    I am asking of permission to use this picture in a schoolassignment.

  • Nell Minow

    Thank you, Jeanett! I believe that is permitted. I am glad you are doing an assignment on this great leader.

  • Your Name

    I will not endorse another false image of history by Hollywood. This is more hype about a false impression that the South African government has been successful in maintianing a free economy and redistribution of wealth in the wake of apartheid. The result has been a marked increase in violent crime and a mass migration of whites to escape violence and a “robotic” life style as described but one expat. Mandela is hardly an expert on government or economies but he was an expert on oppression. And the G.E.A.R. program that the fanatsy of success is based on, may be the long term goal of Obama/Pelosi democrats. This is another Hollywood piece of propaganda in the great tradition of it’s recent spate of unwatchable unrealistic telling of the war on terrorism, or absence of. Usisng a sports motif to justify or obscure the deeper cracks in the South African mess? They might as well have focused on the soccer game that stopped a war-Biafra, but genuine historians know how that ended.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks for the comment! I think you are referring to the upcoming movie “Invictus” rather than this biopic about Mandela?

  • jesbag

    i dont know too much about nelson mandela but i’m using him as a hero for my french summative anyone know any useful tips??

  • Nell Minow

    Here’s my tip: do your homework. Your life will be enriched by the time you spend learning about this extraordinary leader.

  • Aung Moung

    Dear All South Africa Leaders,
    We are Burmese (Myanmar) and almost of images were same as S.Africa events and under military booth in Burma.
    We are still struggling for Burma to get the Human Right, Freedom for Burma and we must try to use President Mr. Nelson Mandela’s ideology and strategy.
    We appreciate when I purchased Mr. President DVD sellers and explained the story of President’s history very warmly.
    Our world have those kinds of regime and ruling our country by military and gun.
    Once again, we Burmese are thanking to all of S. Africa’s Public and

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