January 15, 2014 – D FILMS is pleased to announce that Winnie, the historical drama starring Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela and Academy Award® Nominee Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela, will be available on Blu-Ray on February 4, 2014.  The film will also be available for digital download beginning January 28, 2014.

Acclaimed director Darrell J. Roodt (Cry, The Beloved Country and Yesterday) reveals Winnie Mandela’s extraordinary journey amidst the turbulent decades of her husband Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment. Starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson and Academy Award® nominee Terrence Howard, Winnie encapsulates the fervor of passion and loyalty for one’s cause in the face of human cruelty to audiences across the nation.

Winnie is inspired by the life of Winnie Mandela, one of the world’s most captivating and inspiring women. Darrell Roodt, Paul Johnson & André Pieterse wrote this heartfelt screenplay based on the book “Winnie Mandela – A Life” by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob. The film was subsequently produced by Michael Mosca of Equinoxe Films and by André Pieterse of Ma- Afrika Films.

This intimate, in-depth and unbiased film takes the audience on a remarkable journey of understanding Winnie Mandela, exploring both her personal and political life. Through her fierce determination and dauntless courage, Winnie Mandela survived her husband’s imprisonment, continuous harassment by the security police, banishment to a small Free State town, betrayal by friends and allies, and more than a year in solitary confinement – all the while keeping the name of Nelson Mandela alive. A sensitive and balanced portrayal, the film nevertheless thoroughly investigates and honestly examines the controversies that dogged Winnie Mandela in recent years.

Winnie is being distributed in Canada by D Films with the support of NBC Universal Canada.


D Films is a Canadian full service motion picture and television marketing and distribution boutique that acquires exclusive, long-term rights to film and television content across all media platforms.  D Films recently had two high profile films make their world premieres at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival; Richard Ayoade’s The Double, starring Academy Award® nominee Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska and Paul Haggis’ star studded Third Person.  Directed by Academy Award® winner Paul Haggis, Third Person features an all star cast including Academy Award® winners Adrien Brody and Kim Basinger, Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson and James Franco, as well as Mila Kunis and Olivia Wilde.  Upcoming releases from D Films include My Old Lady, starring Academy Award® winners Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline and the comedy Welcome to Me starring Academy Award® nominee Kristin Wiig. Welcome to Me, the newest film from Gary Sanchez Productions, also features Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins, Academy Award® nominee Joan Cusack, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Jason Leigh and James Marsden.

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