Monday, October 17, 2011


I just saw this 2009 movie about Nelson Mandela and the South African rugby team: Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood. In short, it's a true story about how Mandela,  newly elected President of South Africa, managed to unite his country and start building this new kind of nation, through rugby, traditionally the Afrikaaners' favorite sport.  The South African team Springboks was struggeling, and Mandela decided to help them reach the ultimate goal: Win the world cup, on South African soil in 1995.
The movie strongly portraits the fear and the prejudice, on either side of the racial divide, and how this strong leader could go against the public opinion and do what he thought was possible.
The friendship between the president (Morgan Freeman)  and the team's captain François Pienaar (Matt Damon) is shown in an understated and beautiful way.
Clint Eastwood has made a highly watchable movie, who, albeit "typically american" in many ways, get an important message across, and - it's all true!
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