Amnesty International and The Weinstein Company to Screen New Nelson Mandela Biopic

Press Release
November 7, 2013

Amnesty International and The Weinstein Company to Screen New Nelson Mandela Biopic

Contact: Natalie Butz, nbutz@aiusa.org, 202-675-8761, @AIUSAmedia

(WASHINGTON, D.C) – Amnesty International USA will be partnering with The Weinstein Company to present an advanced screening of the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" on Sunday, Nov. 10 in Boston.

The film, starring Idris Elba and directed by Justin Chadwick, is based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography and depicts his political and personal journey, from his childhood to his release from prison and rise to presidency in post-apartheid South Africa. It is the only Hollywood film on Mandela sanctioned by his family. The movie will premier in theaters on Nov. 29, and will be widely released on Christmas Day.

Amnesty International was very involved in the global anti-apartheid movement inspired by Mandela's life and campaigned against the conditions of his imprisonment. In 2006, Amnesty International awarded Mandela the Ambassador of Conscience Award, the organization's most prestigious honor.

Sarah Hager, chair of the Southern Africa co-group researchers at Amnesty International USA, will be available for interviews at the screening.


EVENT:                  Advanced screening of "Mandela: Walk to Freedom"


DATE:                    Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.


LOCATION:           Regal Fenway Stadium 13 & RPX

                              201 Brookline Avenue

                              Boston, MA 02215


SPOKESPERSON: Sarah Hager, chair of the Southern Africa co-group                                researchers at Amnesty International USA


RSVP:                   Film screening is free. Please RSVP here and arrive early to                               secure a seat.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.