Dec. 6, 2013
A candlelight vigil and private screening of the new Nelson Mandela film organized by University of Virginia students will be held Friday, Dec 6th.
UVa. is one of only 10 colleges across the country to win the honor of hosting a private, pre-release screening of the new film, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM and in light of President Mandela's passing, the college students will be holding a candlelight vigil to honor his legacy immediately following the film outside the theater.
The ONE Campaign and The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced Friday that UVa, along with 9 other colleges in the U.S., will host a private, pre-release screening of the new film.
ONE is an advocacy organization co-founded by Bono of U2 with than 3.5 million members worldwide engaged in the fight against extreme poverty in Africa. Their partnership with TWC centered around the film to encourage discussions on college campuses nationwide about Mandela’s life and legacy.
Through a series of action-oriented challenges—from living without power to calling Members of Congress—UVa students won ONE’s Campus Challenge and the private screening event by urging political leaders to support programs that are today saving lives and creating sustainable futures in the developing world every day.
“Our ONE chapter has worked extremely hard throughout the semester by raising awareness about issues of extreme poverty and preventable disease throughout campus and the Charlottesville community,” said Denise Catbay, ONE Campus Leader at UVa. “We are very excited and honored to win this screening and to have the opportunity to share it with the community.”
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.
The showing will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 in Charlottesville.