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During the week I went with some of our youth group to see the film 'Invictus'.  It looks at Nelson Mandela's early Presidency of South Africa through the lens of the 1995 Rugby World Cup which was held in South Africa.

A good film on many levels.  If you are interested in a review here is an extensive one from the New York Times but it does explain the plot in a fair bit of detail.

The movie addresses themes of leadership, wisdom, and forgiveness.

One of my favorite quotes was from the SA rugby captain François Pienaar (played by Matt Damon) on the eve of a rugby match.  He was asked by his girl friend what was on his mind and he said, 'I was thinking about how a man (referring to Mandela) could come out of prision after thirty years ready to forgive his jailers.'

David Wanstall, 29/01/2010