"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Date: September 24, 2013
This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.
Join the Boisi Center at a free screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography and starring Idris Elba. Boston College professors Zine Magubane (sociology) and Shawn Copeland (theology) will introduce the film, and lead a short discussion with the audience following the screening.
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.
In the News
On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. The New York Times captures his significance in South Africa's fight against racial oppression. That evening the Boisi Center hosted a screening of the new biopic about Mandela, starring Idris Elba, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
The Wall Street Journal profiles the "long walk to Hollywood" of the new biopic about Nelson Mandela, and interviews its lead, Idris Elba.