Mandela, My Dad, and Me

Mandela, My Dad, and Me

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Director: Daniel Vernon Country: UK Year: 2015 Running time: 53 mins Colour: Colour Language: English

In 2014 Idris Elba released mi Mandela, an album inspired by his time researching for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The music of South Africa influenced him profoundly as he prepared for his role in the film. Once shooting ended, arrangements were made to document this extraordinary musical journey by recording an album in South Africa and Mali. Then, just as Idris was about to get started, his father Winston passed away. A remarkably personal tribute to two remarkable men in his life, Elba granted award-winning filmmaker Daniel Vernon unprecedented access to document this period of his life, resulting in a previously unseen depiction of the actor.

Idris in Mali

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Thandiswa and Idris