More than two years after it was meant to premiere at the prestigious Cannes film festival‚ a movie about the late Nelson Mandela has finally made its way to the cinema. Mandela’s Gun debuted at the Johannesburg Film Festival this weekend and will screen on Wednesday at Rosebank Cinema Nouveau in Johannesburg. The film‚ based on the story of Mandela’s experience as a guerrilla freedom fighter and a gun apparently given to him by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie‚ has courted controversy since production was announced in 2013. According to The Times‚ the film was challenged by the Liliesleaf South African heritage trust, which claimed it had been snubbed by producers. "Secrecy breeds mischief and leads to conjecture and concern. We [the trust] were led to believe it was to be released two years ago. Because of our naivety‚ we lost control of it. We thought we were partners‚ but we were out-manoeuvred. It slipped through our fingers. We are not saying we wanted complete control but we ...

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