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Last week. 11 November 2013. I watched a Long Walk To Freedom.
At the LA premiere in Hollywood at the Archlight Theatre
I was fortunate enough to watch one of the greatest film our country has produced. Don't worry this story has no spoilers. Its not about the film its my experience.
Now lets give this story a back story. Well back in 2011 when I was working in production because well I thought it would get me into film. A naive little aspiring actress I was. Tsk Tsk.
I worked in the commercial division in a production company. There was a features department but in all honestly I did not want to work there. Working in commercial I work for a couple of weeks on a job, high impact and then have a couple days off and back on it. A feature film meant months and commitment. I didn't love my job and making a long term commitment like that just for money............... NAH. I told myself and my mom 3 years ago, if I ever would work on a feature it would be a Long Walk to Freedom if the film ever gets made. Back then it was talked about but never in production or anything.
I managed to get job opportunities two years later to work on a long walk to freedom. Anyway so I don't want to go into detail because its too personal and still hurts. But anyway the film holds a very special place in my heart. I managed to get over my incident with A long walk to freedom and moved on to bigger and better things, I got to work on other productions and that pushed me to come to America to fulfill my dream.
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It was an incredible night, I was in LA, at a premiere getting paid to watch a film that ment the world to me with the actors and being surrounded by African American Actors who I admire. YEAH. Holy shit is this really my life. But you know what was amazing I was surrounded by all these people, and I felt like I belonged. I didnt see them as above me. I saw them as the same, my fellow actors. I felt like this is the world and life I belong in. Not a fan. But one of them. I finally felt like this is my density and God put me here for a reason to see what my life could be. The film reminded me that I am a proud South African, yes Ive been oppressed, seen the worst of racism in our country, dealt with interrasim and I have over come it like my country.It reminded me that we are warriors, no we are not perfect and have dealt with alot but we have the power. I was liberated. More than ever do I want to use the power I have to make good and represent our beautiful country. We have an iconic leader Nelson Mandela that uses his wisdom, knowledge and humbleness to over come even the toughest situations. Something I'd like to think I posses or try to be like. His spirit is something I would like to have with me no matter where I am in the world. The film is amazing, oscar shit and I urge everyone to see it.
Sometimes I lay awake at night and wonder why God chose me to watch this film with all those people. What does it all mean? Its not a coincidence? I guess time will tell.
|Tracey Ellis Ross|