The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) has announced that
its 2013 Opening Night Film is Winnie Mandela , the Winnie
Mandela biopic starring Jennifer Hudson as Winnie
and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela. An adaptation of Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob’s biography Winnie Mandela: A Life, the film explores the personal and political life of the wife of renowned activist and revered former South African President, Nelson Mandela, telling the story of her struggle for freedom during the Apartheid era.
The film attracted controversy before a single frame was shot,
primarily over the casting of Hudson, and the lack of
communication with, and input from the real Winnie Mandela.
Apartheid sparked significant internal resistance and
violence as well as a long arms and trade embargo against
South Africa. Since the 1950s, a series of popular uprisings and protests were met with the banning of opposition and imprisoning of anti-apartheid leaders. As unrest spread and became more effective and militarised, state organisations responded with repression and violence.This, along with the sanctions placed on South Africa by the West made it increasingly difficult for the government to maintain the regime.