The movie Winnie Mandela, starring Jennifer Hudson in the title role, is long delayed. It was originally set for theatrical release in 2011 but the received such dreadful reviews at festivals and exhibitor screenings that no studio would touch it.
While Winnie Mandela gets a limited theatrical release from Image Entertainment on September 6, 2013 in a handful of theaters across the country, it arrives on DVD just in time for Christmas stocking stuffer season.
Based on an autobiography of Winnie Mandela, the movie moves from a remote tribal village to the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa, as a proud young Winnie (Jennifer Hudson) finds love with a rising political star, Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard). When Nelson was imprisoned for protesting the brutal Apartheid government, Winnie worked tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality. Her struggle to keep the Mandela dream alive was rewarded by years of persecution and imprisonment, including 18 months of solitary confinement. Throughout, her resolve to fight for her freedom, her family and her country never wavered. Her leadership and unconquerable spirit caught the attention of the world and earned her the name “the mother of the nation.”