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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Screening

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

On December 5, 2013—coincidentally, the very evening of Nelson Mandela’s death—the Boisi Center hosted a free screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
of the new biopic based on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Boston
College professors Shawn Copeland (theology) and Zine Magubane (sociology)
introduced the film and led a brief discussion following the screening. The
screening received wide attention, and tickets quickly ran out; in attendance
were BC professors, Jesuits and students, along with many community members
and groups. News of Mandela’s death arrived just before the screening; several
local news outlets sent crews to interview students and professors afterward.