This epic film goes beyond the milestone events that have characterized the life of Nelson Mandela, the charismatic leader who, after an interminable 27-year imprisonment, won the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidency of his country. "Mandela" is a candid, definitive portrait of a modern-day hero. Set to the ebullient music of the struggle for freedom and guided by Mandela's own voice, the film traces his life from his childhood in the Xhosa tribe through the solitude and sacrifices of his early activism, revolutionary leadership and political imprisonment, to his ultimate victory as leader of a new racially united South Africa.