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Invictus (movie)
Nelson Mandela's unforgettable face, spirit captivate film world
Nelson Mandela's unforgettable face, spirit captivate film world

The year is 1992. Nelson Mandela, two years beyond his release from 27 years of political imprisonment and two years before he will be elected president of South Africa, stands before a classroom of Soweto children. A rare moment is being captured by camera and crew: Mandela as actor, rather than activist. Cast in the role of teacher, handed words to speak that are not his own. The only backdrop is a blackboard. Erased, it is a clean slate, but evidence of lessons past cling in the chalk powder. A subtle statement of its own to match the man whose passing Thursday — as well as his life — leaves traces that will cling forever. The scene comes late in Spike Lee's...

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