WHAT MORE IS THERE TO LEARN FROM A "DYING" NELSON MANDELA
By Danny Schechter
New York, New York: Nelson Mandela is back in the news--happily, not just because of his medical condition, although his daughter Makaziwe Mandela told SABC, the state-owned television network, that her father (from his first marriage) was teaching the family life lessons from what she termed his "deathbed."
"Even, for a lack of a better word, on his deathbed, he is teaching us lessons; lessons in patience, in love, lessons of tolerance."
Thanks to the release of the new epic movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba and Naomi Harris, the public is learning other lessons about the freedom struggle that he led.
On Christmas day, it opens nationwide in the US on 2000 screens with a majority of reviews very positive. It is already showing in France and England will be next in January.
In South Africa, the movie that shows Mandela's early days as a boxer broke all box-office records.
At the same time, no one movie can hope to tell the full story of a life that has spanned 95 years. Hollywood-style storytelling inevitably telescopes history, compresses characters, and seek to entertain more than inform