The Indian-South African producer of the film, Anant Singh, was elated at this news, coming hot on the heels of a glittering world premiere of the movie in Johannesburg on November 3.

"It is an exceptional honour to have the film screening hosted by President Obama at the White House as it is the first for a South African film," Singh said.

"It is also of special significance as it connects Madiba and President Obama as statesmen who were responsible for major paradigm shifts in their respective countries and who have special places in the hearts of their people," he added.

Singh as well as members of the Mandela family have been invited to join Obama, as they watch the movie adaptation of the iconic statesman's autobiography by the same title.

Singh has been working for almost two decades to produce the USD 33 million film, which features celebrated British actors Idris Elba in the role of Mandela and Naomie Harris playing his former wife Winnie.

The film will be released in cinemas throughout South Africa on 28 November.


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