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Nelson Mandela's influence on the US film industry

Idris Elba

"Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"

Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom."

Nelson Mandela's two youngest daughters learned of her father's passing last night while watching the royal premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" in London. In the film, actor Idris Elba plays the South African leader.


Given Mandela's incredibly compelling life story, it's no surprise that a slew of films have been made about him. More than a dozen actors, including Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier and Danny Glover have taken on the role.

For more on how Mandela has been portrayed in film, we turn now to Brenda Stevenson, professor of history at UCLA. 

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