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Winnie

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Story of controversial activist has violence, mature themes.

Movie NR 2017 98 minutes
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This documentary makes the case that Winnie Mandela was railroaded by concerted and tactical efforts to sully her name and dissipate her power. The trouble is that some parts seem muddy and may be difficult to follow for all but the most well-informed. The story of the murder charges against her and the origins of that story aren't presented as clearly as they might have been. Also, the argument for the deliberate and baseless besmirching of her name is made, but it feels a bit one-sided and thus perhaps not as convincing as it might have been. Oddly, Winnie never suggests that the efforts by her own party to get rid of her had anything to do with anti-female bias, which certainly feels like a factor to even the most uninformed observer.

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