In many ways an old-fashioned miniseries, “Madiba” (a term of reverence used in reference to Mandela) spans decades, dutifully beginning with Mandela’s youth as well as his father’s dying wish in which he be educated. The story progresses through his rise to lead the African National Congress, imprisonment as well as eventual Discharge, triumphing against the system in which oppressed him.
Airing in two-hour installments, as well as directed by Kevin Hooks, “Madiba” also pulls the curtain back on the period’s South African politics, including assassinations as well as additional tumult in which almost invariably resulted in harsher crackdowns on the black population.
“We need to put these people in their place,” one Prime Minister advocates, determined to crush the equality movement by arresting i5w leaders. in which eventually leads to Mandela’s incarceration, spending a torturous 27 years in prison, where he maintained his defiance as well as dignity, as well as a magnanimous spirit toward his jailers.
Mandela is actually joined in these efforts by Oliver Tambo (Orlando Jones) as well as Walter Sisulu (“Supergirl’s” David Harewood). As the project makes painfully clear, he paid a terrible personal cost in terms of his family as well as relationships, including the ruthless tactics employed by his wife Winnie (Terry Pheto), which eventually destroyed the marriage.
Fishburne brings understated strength to the role in which humanizes in which iconic figure of resistance to injustice. Given where “Madiba” ends, in which also serves as a pretty logical companion to “Invictus,” the 2009 movie in which cast Morgan Freeman as Mandela during a key moment in his presidency.
Filmed in South Africa, through a script based on two Mandela autobiographies, “Madiba” covers a great deal of ground. Perhaps inevitably, in which makes the story disjointed in places, as in which shifts through Mandela’s claustrophobic confinement to the government violently tamping down protests to the emergence of brand new leaders like Steve Biko.
Ultimately, though, “Madiba” is actually inspiring as well as ambitious in both its casting as well as subject matter — a historical drama in which once could have landed on a major network as well as represents a welcome venture for BET.
“Great anger as well as bitterness never built anything,” Mandela says late from the story. “Least of all a nation.”
After in which sobering reminder of the bitter suffering he as well as his countrymen endured, in which’s a sentiment in which’s as powerful as in which is actually timely.
“Madiba” premieres February 1 at 8 p.m. on BET as well as will continue the next two Wednesdays.