The opening film and world premier for the inaugural Joburg Film Festival starting on the 28th of October 2016 is MANDELA’S GUN, directed by John Irvine with the screenplay written by AFDA Johannesburg Dean, Professor Malcolm Purkey and Athos Kyriakides.
Set in 1962 MANDELA’S GUN is a political thriller, based on Mandelas African Odyssey. As Commander-in-Chief of the Liberation Army Umkhonto we Sizwe (the MK) he undergoes military training in Algeria and Ethiopia while surviving assassination attempts and betrayal. In South Africa he is finally arrested with the connivance of the CIA In the crucible of the surging African Liberation Movements of the early 60s not only does he study the art of war but also leadership and political survival. MANDELA’S GUN is a thrilling biopic, supported by eyewitness accounts from Mandela’s advisors and comrades. Mandela the Man is portrayed as a brilliant but complex warrior. The film celebrates a national and global icon a man who is dedicated to the overthrow of an infamous racist regime; also a man whose impetuosity and vanity are tempered by compassion, self doubt and a relentless belief in justice for all South Africans, regardless of race. MANDELA’S GUN reveals a man the world barely knows and how in 1962, in the final moments of his freedom, Mandela played a pivotal role in the fate of a nation.
Watch the trailer here:
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