On Sunday 10 November, British actor Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, received the Humanitarian Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
The award, presented by Mandela’s daughter Zindzi and award-winning actor Sean Penn, honours outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of entertainment arts.
Representing Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the movie’s director Justin Chadwick, lead actress Naomie Harris (who portrays Winnie Mandela in the movie) and South African producer Anant Singh and his wife were in attendance.
Singh congratulated Elba by saying: “He is committed to leveraging the profile that he has developed in the film and television industry to be used as a tool in his work among disadvantaged youth. As a recipient of support of the London-based Prince’s Trust himself, Idris continues to work with the Trust to uplift disadvantaged youth. It is also fitting that the criteria for the Humanitarian Award mirrors Nelson Mandela’s own humanitarian goals.’
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom releases nationwide in South Africa on 28 November 2013 through UIP.
View the trailer at http://www.screenafrica.com/page/industry-interviews/1634572-Mandela-Long-Walk-to-Freedom.