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’Mandela’ panel set at ICA

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Prompted no doubt by Nelson Mandela’s recent death, The Institute of Contemporary Art and South Africa Partners have planned something special for the Boston premiere of the new film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Though it won’t open nationally until Christmas Day, “Mandela” screens at the ICA Friday, followed by a panel discussion with Ahmed Kathrada, a South African who was imprisoned with Mandela, the film’s producer Anant Singh, and Mary Tiseo, the executive director of South Africa Partners, among others. The film, a likely Oscar contender that has already received Golden Globe nominations for Idris Elba as best actor and for best original score, chronicles Nelson Mandela’s life from his childhood in a rural village to his imprisonment for 27 years to his inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.

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