Goodbye Bafana (2007)

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TitleGoodbye Bafana
Original TitleThe Color of Freedom
Year2007
CountryBelgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, South Africa, United Kingdom
GenreDrama (Movies)
FranchiseNelson Mandela
Run Time1h 58 min
Director

The autobiography film was based on, Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend, was derided by Mandela’s longtime friend, the late Anthony Sampson. In Sampson’s book Mandela: the Authorised Biography he accused James Gregory, who died of cancer in 2003, of lying and violating Mandela’s privacy in his work Goodbye Bafana. Sampson said that Gregory had rarely spoken to Mandela, but censored the letters sent to the prisoner and used this information to fabricate a close relationship with him. Sampson also claimed that other warders suspected Gregory of spying for the government, and that Mandela considered suing Gregory.

Writing in The Guardian, critic and historian Alex von Tunzelmann, stated that the film was a “dubious tale” of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment based on his prison guard’s memoirs, and that it was a story that contradicted all other known accounts of his time in prison. She went on to say that there was no excuse for the “historical negligence in this movie”, while stating that its implicit dismissal of the contradictory accounts of Nelson Mandela and others could be seen as insulting.

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Goodbye Bafana
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Cast:

Dennis Haysbert Dennis Haysbert
Nelson Mandela
Joseph Fiennes Joseph Fiennes
James Gregory
Diane Kruger Diane Kruger
Gloria Gregory

The autobiography film was based on, Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend, was derided by Mandela’s longtime friend, the late Anthony Sampson. In Sampson’s book Mandela: the Authorised Biography he accused James Gregory, who died of cancer in 2003, of lying and violating Mandela’s privacy in his work Goodbye Bafana. Sampson said that Gregory had rarely spoken to Mandela, but censored the letters sent to the prisoner and used this information to fabricate a close relationship with him. Sampson also claimed that other warders suspected Gregory of spying for the government, and that Mandela considered suing Gregory.

Writing in The Guardian, critic and historian Alex von Tunzelmann, stated that the film was a “dubious tale” of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment based on his prison guard’s memoirs, and that it was a story that contradicted all other known accounts of his time in prison. She went on to say that there was no excuse for the “historical negligence in this movie”, while stating that its implicit dismissal of the contradictory accounts of Nelson Mandela and others could be seen as insulting.

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