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Eight Moving Mandela Portraits

Watch Oscar-winning actors play the anti-apartheid leader

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Danny Glover in 'Mandela' (1987)

Born in 1918, Mandela spent most of his life fighting against South Africa's brutal apartheid system, which stripped black citizens of their rights while enforcing white minority rule. A leader of the African National Congress, Mandela was imprisoned by the South African government in the early Sixties, and was serving a life sentence when this made-for-TV biopic was broadcast on HBO in 1987. Filmed in Zimbabwe and starring Danny Glover – who recieved a Primetime Emmy nomination for his performance – Mandela offers a personal look at the internationally renowned activist, from his time as a young attorney in the late 40s to his move towards Che Guevara-inspired militancy after the Sharpeville massacre of 1960.

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