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Nelson Mandela's extraordinary journey to becoming one of history's most iconic figures is brought to life in MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. Idris Elba powerfully conveys Mandela's charisma and impassioned dedication (Claudia Puig, USA TODAY) as a political leader and human rights advocate. The film chronicles his early life, education, marriage to Winnie Mandela (Naomie Harris) and 27 year prison sentence before becoming South Africa's first democratically elected president and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society.