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Mandela

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Need inspiration? A reminder of what the human spirit is capable of? Grab this Oscar-nominated biopic about South Africa’s greatest diamond — the brilliant, indefatigable Nelson Mandela, who, nearing 80, narrates on screen. Via news footage, interviews, and personal recollection, we follow him in Mandela from his village roots to the city where he becomes a lawyer, an African National Congress activist, a political prisoner, and finally president. For a Hollywood take on the defeat of apartheid, Sidney Poitier gives a tour de force performance in Mandela and de Klerk (released in August by Evergreen), but for the knockout punch of living history, reach for this doc first. A

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