‘Mandela and de Klerk,’ on screen

Sep 14, 2013
Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine play the title roles in the Emmy-nominated film “Mandela and de Klerk.”

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. September’s theme is Apartheid and Mandela.

The film for Sept. 20 is “Mandela and de Klerk,” a PG-rated television movie from 1997 that runs 114 minutes. Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine turn in a pair of Emmy-nominated performances as Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk, respectively, in this thought-provoking drama about the end of apartheid in South Africa. Filmed on location on Robben Island and other key historical sites, the film chronicles the events leading up to Mandela's release from prison and sheds light on a game-changing milestone in South African politics.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Popcorns and drinks will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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