After a very limited theatrical release earlier this year (and a rather long journey to the screen for the film), One Village Entertainment and Image Entertainment (brands of Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment), have released Winnie Mandela (as opposed to just Winnie previously), on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD platforms like iTunes and Amazon today, December 3, 2013.
TD Jakes (via his TDJ Enterprises) “presents” Winnie Mandela, which is produced by André Pieterse (Ironwood Films) and Michael Mosca (Equinoxe Films).
An adaptation of Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob’s biography Winnie Mandela: A Life, the film explores the personal and political life of the wife of renowned activist and revered former South African President, Nelson Mandela, telling the story of her struggle for the freedom during the Apartheid era.
The film attracted controversy before a single frame was shot, primarily over the casting of Hudson, and the lack of communication with, and input from the real Winnie Mandela.
Jasmin interviewed director Darrell Roodt, last year for S&A, and you’re strongly encouraged to read that interview HERE. In it, he addresses a lot of the questions many of you have had about the project since we first alerted you to it, like his reasons for casting Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard, the audience backlash against his casting choices, especially by South Africans, the real Winnie Mandela’s objections to the project, what we can expect from the film, and more.
Again, read that interview HERE.
Watch the USA release trailer for Winnie Mandela below and then check out the film now on DVD, Blu-ray, or VOD: