Thursday, November 7, 2013
By: News Agencies Mshale Team
The movie recounts the political and personal life of former South African president Nelson Mandela, whom Obama has called an inspiration.
Obama will watch the film at the private White House theater at 6 pm (2300 GMT), according to his official daily schedule.
According to Hollywood industry publication Variety, actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, who starred in the film, will be in attendance as will two of MandelaвЂ™s daughters, Zindzi and Zenani.
вЂњKnowing what a strong relationship President Obama has with president Mandela, it?s an honor for this film to be shown at the White House,вЂќ producer Harvey Weinstein was quoted as saying in Variety on Monday.
When Obama made his first presidential visit to South Africa in June, he hailed Mandela as вЂњan inspiration to the world.вЂќ
Obama, who was unable to meet with the ailing South African leader during that trip, went to Robben Island and visited the cell where Mandela spent 18 years as a political prisoner.
The US president spoke on the phone with the anti-apartheid iconвЂ™s family and called on young people to look up to and honor Mandela, who turned 95 years old in July.
The nearly three-hour film, which will be released in the United States on November 29, is based on the 1994 book of the same name. It portrays MandelaвЂ™s life from his childhood in the southern Xhosa village of Qunu to his 1994 election as the countryвЂ™s first black president.