Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of legendary activist and former-South African president Nelson Mandela, told CNN’s Nadia Bilchik that she was never consulted about the biopic, “Winnie.” Ms. Madikizela-Mandela made it clear that she has nothing against the Oscar-winning star Jennifer Hudson (who is playing the title role).
According to CNN’s Marquee blog: “Hudson never met with Mandela, but a rep for the actress told CNN that it wasn’t because Hudson didn’t want to…(she) would have loved to meet the activist, her rep said, but the producers thought she shouldn’t.”
As the IBWFF reported last year, the production already received flak from the Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUS) who prompted a boycott of the film because the producers weren’t hiring South African actors –including the lead role of Winnie Mandela.
Director Darrell Roodt (“Cry, the Beloved Country”) has described the film as “the ultimate women’s movie,” although Ms. Mandikizela-Mandela is not amused.
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