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Mandela movie to be part of school curriculum

The film will give students a visual history of Mandela's life and experiences.

A scene from the movie 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' depicting the release of former President Nelson Mandela from prison. Picture: Videovision Entertainment.

JOHANNESBURG - The movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom will be included in the national school curriculum.

Videovision Entertainment has partnered with Pearson to give high school students a visual history lesson of the life and times of Nelson Mandela through the film.

High school worksheets based on the film have also been developed.

Anant Singh, the film's producer, says the film was created to inspire people all over the world, "especially the youth to uplift themselves and find the 'Mandela' within".

Pearson's Gary Broom says the worksheets provide an opportunity for learners to develop and apply skills while gaining insight into the life of an important South African historical icon.

"What better way than creating educationally sound, curriculum-aligned worksheets based on his life, and making them available for free."

Meanwhile, Singh has dedicated an award the movie received last week to the legendary former statesman.

The film clinched a special award from the Cinema for Peace on Thursday.

Cinema for Peace honours the most valuable films of the year focused on human and social rights, the fight for justice and environmental sustainability.

The movie is an adaptation of Nelson Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom and was fully financed and shot in South Africa.

The R350 million project chronicles Mandela's life from his childhood through to his inauguration as South Africa's first democratically elected president.

The all-star local and international cast includes Naomie Harris, Idris Elba, Terry Pheto, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Fana Mokoena, Tony Kgoroge and Deon Lotz.

The global icon died on 5 December at the age of 95.

He was buried in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December at a funeral service attended by 4,000 people.

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