Image Entertainment has acquired the United States rights to “Winnie Mandela,” the bio-film about the ex-wife of civil rights activist Nelson Mandela.
Shot in 2011, the film adaptation of Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob’s biography, “Winnie Mandela: A Life” stars Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard. Image Entertainment secured the rights to the film at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.
“Winnie Mandela” explores the personal and political life of Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of renowned activist and former South African President, Nelson Mandela (Howard).
The film tells the compelling story of one woman’s journey as she fights for the freedom of the man she loves and for the freedom of her people during the Apartheid era.
Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela
“Winnie Mandela” depicts the struggle to keep the Mandela dream alive amidst her husband’s life imprisonment, her own time in solitary confinement, and her battle to overcome controversies that followed her through the years.
“Winnie Mandela” is written and directed by Darrell J. Roodt. The movie is being presented by T.D. Jakes, and produced by André Pieterse (Ironwood Films) and Michael Mosca (Equinoxe Films).
“This movie offers American audiences a rare opportunity to visit the amazing beauty of South Africa from a theater seat,” said Bishop Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises. “But even more, it is an epic look at love and liberty and the great expense incurred to attain and maintain either. It is our honor to inspire a wider audience to sample the drama of a love life painted on the canvas of Apartheid. Image Entertainment and RLJ, we applaud you for having the courage to unveil this compelling story on screen.”
“Winnie Mandela” will hit stores this fall.
VIDEO: Watch this promotional clip for “Winnie Mandela.”