On the 5 December 2013, Nelson Mandela died. To commemorate a year since his death, we are a hosting a special event for young adults: a free screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, followed by an exclusive question and answer session with the film’s award-winning director, Justin Chadwick. The event will take place at the May Fair Hotel on December 11th at 7pm.
Chadwick, director of The Other Boleyn Girl and The First Grader, spent time with Mandela and his family before the making of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
“Before I met him, I’d heard about the aura of the man – and it’s true that, when you sat with him, you really felt electricity coming from him. But he didn’t want to be seen as a saint. He made mistakes. He wanted to be seen as an ordinary man who had his flaws, and didn’t shy away from admitting them – yet his capacity for love and forgiveness was immense.”
Like Nelson Mandela, CAFOD believes all humans should be free from indignity and suffering, regardless of race, faith or gender. His dedication to justice and belief in the power of young people makes him a global icon and inspiration for our times. He reminds us why it is important to fight for what you believe in. As he said at the Make Poverty History rally in Trafalgar Square in 2005:
“Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
We are thrilled to commemorate Mandela with the man behind the film of his life. If you’re a young adult, feel inspired by Mandela and want your generation to be great, book yourself and your friends a free ticket and join us in remembering Mandela.