Dubai cancels red carpet and dims lights as tribute to Mandela

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed that it has cancelled all activities surrounding the movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” as a sign of respect following the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

The film will still screen today, Tuesday December 10, at the Madinat Arena, but photographers and television crews are not allowed to film.

The screening will also use a black carpet instead of the traditional red and lights will be dimmed before the film is shown as DIFF pays tribute to Mandela. Those attending also have been asked not to wear jewellery or brightly coloured clothing as a sign of respect.

Although the British actor Idris Elba, who stars as Mandela, is not expected to attend, Naomie Harris, who portrays his second wife Winnie, and Lindiwe Matshikiza, who plays his daughter Zindzi, will be at the Dubai event.

The press junket with Naomi Harris, Lindiwe Matshikiza and Sello Hatang will be rescheduled to later in the week. The exact date has not yet been announced.

The film is based on Mandela’s autobiography, written while serving his 27-year prison sentence and published in 1994. He later granted the movie rights in 1997, 7 years after his release.

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