The film website Moviefone posted an exclusive clip from the highly anticipated, upcoming film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The exclusive clip depicts the Sharpeville Massacre that occurred on March 21, 1960.
In this exclusive preview, we see one of the those pivotal (and shocking) moments: the Sharpeville massacre. On March 21, 1960, after a day of demonstrations protesting a new law requiring black South Africans to carry papers with them at all times, thousands gathered outside of the Sharpeville police station — only to be met with gunfire from panicked authorities. Nearly 70 people were killed.
Following the protest, we see Elba as Mandela, burning his papers in opposition to the new law and the murderous actions of the South African police. “We no longer accept the authority of a state that declares war on its own people,” he says in a haunting voiceover.