Finally, the long-awaited film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” arrived in German cinemas. Between Sunday, 30 January and Monday, 3 February 2014 around 47000 people saw the movie in German cinemas.
Online PR News – 05-February-2014 – Berlin, Germany – Celebrity guests attend charity gala in aid of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the movie’s first days in German cinemas
Finally, the long-awaited film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” arrived in German cinemas. Between Sunday, 30 January and Monday, 3 February 2014 around 47000 people saw the movie in German cinemas. At the charity gala in aid of the Nelson Mandela Foundation last week the film’s leading actor Idris Elba met Mandela’s daughter Zindzi and lots of other celebrities. Amongst the guests invited were the former ice-skating champion Kati Witt, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, Lars Windhorst, chairman of the Sapinda Group who owns shares in Senator Entertainment, and actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. Popstars Katie Melua and Joy Denalane provided the musical soundtrack for the evening. Germany’s Foreign Minister Steinmeier had his photograph taken with the singers.
Johannes B. Kerner hosted the gala evening. The audience was visibly moved during the speech given by Zindzi Mandela. The film is being launched in German cinemas only two months after the Nobel prize-winner’s death. Zindzi Mandela was still wearing black in mourning. She sees her role as continuing his legacy and upholding his values. It was a sad moment when the news of Nelson Mandela’s death came in on 5 December, the same day as the film premiere in London. At the charity auction held at the Adlon Hotel to support the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Hugo Tempelman Foundation, which are dedicated to Mandela’s non-material legacy, a limited and signed edition of Nelson Mandela’s biography "Long Walk to Freedom" was up for auction.
Not only Katarina Witt, who once had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela personally, but also the music producer Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, entrepreneur Lars Windhorst, photographer Veruschka von Lehndorff, singer Joy Denalane and the Green Party politician and Vice-President of the German Bundestag Claudia Roth were deeply moved. “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” by British director Justin Chadwick about the life of the freedom fighter, chronicling his youth and his 27 years of imprisonment before becoming the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994, is regarded as one of the most important films of the year. It is also helping to publicise the Nelson Mandela Foundation and its work and gain support for its future.