‘Winnie’ Trailer debuts: Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard Take On Apartheid

Posted on September 21, 2012 /Film

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The first official trailer for Winnie has finally found its way online via Yahoo Canada. Darrell Roodt‘s historic biopic stars Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Hudson as the titular Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of political activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela (played by Terrence Howard). The new trailer  has some previously unseen footage of both Hudson and Howard that didn’t appear in the leaked  extended preview trailer. The film received mixed reviews at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival  due to bad editing and incomplete sound. Despite the mixed reviews, both actors give a compelling performance in the new trailer.

Following the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (Jennifer Hudson), from her strict rural upbringing by a father disappointed she was not born a boy, to her giving up the chance to study in America in order to remain in South Africa where she felt more needed, through her husband Nelson Mandela’s (Terrence Howard) imprisonment. She then faces continuous harassment by the security police, banishment to a small Free State town, betrayal by friends and allies, and more than a year in solitary confinement. Upon her release, she continues her husband’s activism against apartheid and, after his release from prison, suffers divorce due to her infidelity and political pressures. She also faces accusations of violence and murder and in the end, must own up to her actions in court, while many still remain loyal to her because of her fight against apartheid.

Winnie hits theaters in Canada on Oct. 5; No US release date has been announced.

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