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Johannesburg - The film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” about former president Nelson Mandela's life was emotional to watch, his daughter Zindzi said on Saturday.
“It was very emotional to watch it. I watched it with my mom and husband and Anant (Singh),” she told reporters at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, north of Johannesburg.
“The love that kept the family together comes through (in the film).”
The film's producer Anant Singh said Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was touched by the film.
“Mama Winnie was very moved by it,” Singh said.
“(She said) 'It's beautiful, don't change anything. I love it.”
Singh told reporters that Madikizela-Mandela described Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie in the film, as an African.
“She's got Africa in her,” Anant said.
British actors Idris Elba and Harris, who play the elder statesman and Madikizela-Mandela, are in the country to promote the film.
Elba was not present at the briefing on Saturday.
Singh apologised on his behalf.
“Idris is in hospital after (having) an asthma attack on the plane last night.”
The film tells the story of Mandela from his childhood days in Qunu, Eastern Cape, to his time in prison on Robben Island and his struggles with the transition from an apartheid state to a democratic country.
The cast would meet fans on Sunday at the film's world premier at the Rosebank mall.
The film also features popular local actors Jamie Bartlett, Sthandiwe and Tony Kgoroge, Terry Pheto, Athandwa Kani, and Riaad Moosa.
The film will be released in South Africa and the United States on November 28.