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Mandela biopic sets South Africa records

– A movie depicting the life of Nelson Mandela has become South Africa’s highest-grossing picture after its opening last week, its producers said Thursday.

The film, “Long Walk to Freedom,” has already earned $427,000, according to Videovision Entertainment.

The movie stars British actor Idris Elba as Mandela, the liberation-struggle icon who died at 95 Thursday. It’s based on his autobiography with the same title.

The British-South African co-production opened just over a week ago in South Africa, followed by a limited engagement in New York and Los Angeles.

“I visited a few cinemas over the weekend and experienced the emotional response to the film with audiences leaving the cinemas completely satisfied,” producer Anant Singh said. “For me as a filmmaker, this is really fulfilling.”

The movie traces Mandela’s life from his childhood in a remote rural part of South Africa and his election as the country’s first black president in 1994.

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