Set in 1962 MANDELAS GUN is a political thriller, based on Mandelas African Odyssey. As Commander-in-Chief of the Liberation Army Umkhonto we Sizwe (the MK) he undergoes military training in Algeria and Ethiopia while surviving assassination attempts and betrayal. In South Africa he is finally arrested with the connivance of the CIA In the crucible of the surging African Liberation Movements of the early 60s not only does he study the art of war but also leadership and political survival. MANDELAS GUN is a thrilling biopic, supported by eyewitness accounts from Mandelas advisors and comrades. Mandela the Man is portrayed as a brilliant but complex warrior. The film celebrates a national and global icon a man who is dedicated to the overthrow of an infamous racist regime; also a man whose impetuosity and vanity are tempered by compassion, self doubt and a relentless belief in justice for all South Africans, regardless of race.
Q&A Director John Irvin, Producers Claire Evans and Vaughn Mullady