The highly-anticipated movie about late former President Nelson Mandela tagged Mandela’s Gun has finally made it to cinema.
More than two years after it was set to premiere at the prestigious Cannes international film festival, the film was debuted at the Johannesburg Film Festival last weekend. Subsequently, the film will be shown this Wednesday (November 2) at Rosebank Cinema Nouveau in Johannesburg.
Actor Tumisho Masha who starred as Mandela in the film, took to Instagram just before the premiere to express his excitement.
“After years of hard work and patiently waiting the film Mandela’s Gun is opening tonight at Joburg Film Festival. I’m totally grateful and immensely proud. I thank God for this!” he wrote.
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Mandela’s Gun is based on Mandela’s experience as a guerrilla freedom fighter. Moreover, a gun apparently given to him by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, has stirred controversy since production of the film was announced in 2013.
The film was reportedly challenged by the Liliesleaf South African heritage trust, claiming that producers snubbed it.
The chairman of the Liliesleaf Trust, Nicholas Wolpe, told The Times;
“Secrecy breeds mischief and leads to conjecture and concern. We [the trust] were led to believe it was to be released two years ago. Because of our naïvety, we lost control of it. We thought we were partners, but we were out-manoeuvred. It slipped through our fingers. We are not saying we wanted complete control but we would have liked to be more involved, given that Liliesleaf is a central feature of the story.”
Earlier this year, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced that the film would finally premiere in March. However, the producers revealed that they had not yet finished production.
Mandela’s Gun has garnered both local and international attention. Popular US film and lifestyle publication Variety featured it last week.