Invictus (2009)

Sometimes things that seems not so important, may change a whole country …things that leaders are blamed about, may turn to be the reason for history to remember them …

Nelson Mandela the great African Leader, after 27 years of prison, in his first round of presidency unites South Africa. He believed in his national rugby team though all experts confirmed it will never reach the finals, convinced the National Sport Council, inspired  team captain and lead his country to win the 1995 Rugby world cup, hosted in South Africa. Mandela achieved his dream of a rainbow nation, during the 100 mins final match; 43 million people supporting and cheering without considering race or origin or social level or any other discriminations that took place in South Africa, people only held the South African Flag and cheered for their country.

Invictus” is a short poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). It was written in 1875 and first published in 1888.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The Movie title comes from the fact that Mandela had the poem written on a scrap of paper on his prison cell while he was incarcerated. In the movie, Mandela gives the “Invictus” poem to his national rugby team’s captain Francois Pienaar before the start of the Rugby World Cup. In reality, Mandela provided Pienaar with an extract from Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech from 1910.

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