Invictus

Invictus (2009) PG-13
In 1994, Nelson Mandela assumed the presidency of a racially divided South Africa. He preached forgiveness and reconciliation in the new democracy.

In South Africa, the national rugby team was beloved by the white minority and hated by the black majority. Mandela decided that changing that animosity would be the catalyst to uniting the country. To do that, the host nation had to win the 1995 World Cup.

Starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon (and directed by Clint Eastwood), Invictus is a truly inspirational story that transcends sports and politics. Read a Newsweek article to discover what’s real and what’s not. Also check out reviews from Roger Ebert and The New York Times.

Did you know? The movie’s title comes from a William Ernest Henley poem that inspired Mandela during his imprisonment. You can read more about the true story in Playing the Enemy by John Carlin.

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