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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” tells the inspirational story of one of the greatest leaders of our time, Nelson Mandela. From his humble beginnings in Transkei, South Africa, to his 27-year incarceration for treason, to his eventual release to become the president of a fully participatory, democratic South Africa, the story of Mandela provides educators with an opportunity to dive into the issues of freedom and forgiveness, equality and equanimity, reconciliation and redemption. With that in mind, we have created the “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Educator’s Guide”. Education is a vital component of furthering the film’s–and Mandela’s own–message. The classroom lessons that accompany the film not only examine this explosive period in the history of South Africa, but also afford an opportunity to explore current events in Africa, America and around the world through the lens of an incredible person and his incredible story.

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Mandela: Hero or Villain?
Common Core
Is a person who runs afoul of the law in the fight for freedom to be considered a hero, a criminal, both or neither? History is full of examples of...
Mandela: The Influence of Culture
Common Core
In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of how Mandela’s humble beginnings in rural South Africa shaped his life. Students will explore a...
Mandela: The Impact of Apartheid
Common Core
Colonialism and apartheid defined South Africa for many decades, and although our history in the United States differs, commonalities exist between...
Mandela: Long Walk to Democracy
Common Core
Democracy requires vigilant citizen participation, virtuous leadership, and a commitment to transparency. Like many American colonists, South...
Mandela: Lessons in Leadership
Common Core
What makes a strong leader? Is it possessing the charisma to lead from the front or the self-assured magnanimity to lead from behind? What lessons...
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" - Viewer's Guide
This overview guide was developed for high school students and general audiences. After viewing the film, discuss the questions below in small or...
Mandela: Mini Lessons
These mini lessons on Nelson Mandela can be used to support the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" Film Clips
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
View these additional film clips from The Weinstein Company's premiere film, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." You can download curriculum and a...
Win tickets to "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Our partner, The Weinstein Company, and Share My Lesson are teaming together to send you and your students to the movies! To enter to win these...