Invictus

One of the most critical moments happened On 11 February 1990, a saint named Nelson Mandela is discharged from Victor Verster Prison after having spent 27 years in jail. Four years later, Mandela is chosen the first black President of South Africa. His administration faces tremendous difficulties in the post-Apartheid era, incorporating rampant poverty and crime, and Mandela is especially concerned about racial boundaries between black and white South Africans, which could lead to intensity. The ill will which both groups continue towards each other is seen even in his contract detail where similarities between the established white officers, who had defended Mandela’s predecessors, and the black ANC increases to the security detail, are freezing and marked by shared distrust. While frequenting a game among the Springboks, the country’s rugby union team, and England, Mandela recognizes that the blacks in the arena are encouraging for England, as the mostly-white Springboks express prejudice and apartheid in their minds; he notes that he did the same while incarcerated on Robben Island. Recognizing that South Africa is set to receive the 1995 Rugby World Cup in one year’s time, Mandela prompts a meeting of the recently black-dominated South African Sports Commission to support the Springboks. He then talks with the leader of the Springboks rugby team, François Pienaar, and indicates that a Springboks success in the World Cup will unite and inspire the country. Mandela also shares with François a British poem, “Invictus”, that had motivated him during his time in the penitentiary. François and his teammates practice. Many South Africans, both black and white, difficulty that rugby will join a nation torn apart by approximately 50 years of racial tensions, as for many blacks, especially the radicals, the Springboks symbolize white supremacy. Both Mandela and Pienaar, though, stand solidly behind their theory that the game can successfully unite the South African country. Things begin to change as the players interact with the fans and start a friendship with them. Something like this can make the difference like companies towing car in poor negihborhoods to help people in troubling times. During the opening matches, support for the Springboks starts to grow among the black community. By the second game, the entire country comes collectively to support the Springboks and Mandela’s efforts. Mandela’s guard team also grows closer as the various sheriffs come to respect their associates’ professionalism and dedication. The Springboks exceed all prospects and qualify for the final against the All Blacks—South Africa’s arch-rivals. New Zealand and South Africa were solely observed as the two greatest rugby nations, with the Springboks holding the only side to have a leading record against the All Blacks up to this point. The first test group between the two nations in 1921 was the start of an intense rivalry, with emotions running high when the two countries met on the rugby field. Before the game, the Springbok team tours Robben Island, where Mandela spent the first 18 of his 27 years in jail. There Pienaar is motivated by Mandela’s will and his idea of self-mastery in “Invictus”. François states his amazement that Mandela “could spend thirty years in a tiny cell, and come out inclined to forgive the people who put [him] there.” Backed by a large home crowd of all races, Pienaar drives his team. Mandela’s protection detail receives a scare when, just before the match, a South African Airways Boeing 747 jetliner flies in low over the stadium. It is not an murder attempt, though, but a demonstration of patriotism, with the message “Good Luck, Book” — the Springboks’ Afrikaans nickname — designed on the foundations of the plane’s wings. The Springboks win the event on an added season long drop-kick from fly-half Joel Stransky, with a record of 15–12. Mandela and Pienaar meet on the field together to honor the improbable and incredible victory. Mandela’s car then drives elsewhere in the traffic-jammed streets leaving the stadium. As Mandela sees the South Africans celebrating together from the car, his voice is caught reciting the poem Invictus