“Winnie” stars Jennifer Hudson as the wife of South African leader Nelson Mandela, played by Terrence Howard.

The film focuses on Winnie and her relationship in the midst of political turmoil and struggle under the Apartheid system. Canadian actors Elias Koteas and Wendy Crewson also star.

TDJ Enterprises/TDJ Independents, run by Bishop T. D. Jakes, is the executive producer. TDJ will help develop the marketing and distribution plan. Darrell J. Roodt is the director.

The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. After two years of delays the film is scheduled to be released nationwide in Canada starting October 5 with a U.S. release scheduled to follow in November.

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  • Toni
    July 1, 2012

    I am so proud this movie is coming out and the trailer appears to be very good. So why are South African Bloggers protesting first against Jennifer Hudson and second the movie it self. I see racism when in our own race and this makes me feel sad that South Africans only see their people playing both lead roles in this film. This film continues to get bash instead of looking at it as telling our history as people of color. Before this film deception, it was torn apart before being filmed by our own people from South Africa. Winnie Mandela is the mother of the liberation movement and she should be applauded, but she had many faults that are questionable to a lot of people. I am asking people to support this moving along with it’s Director Darrell J. Roodt, Actors Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard who did a superb job in telling our story. We will need large numbers when this movie is released by T.D. Jakes in order to be an Oscar contender.

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