Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as the South African leader, Nelson Mandela, tells the story of how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped to unite a nation. When researching this movie for this blog post, I found the word’s of Arlene Getz, Newsweek.com:
“On a more fundamental level, forget the games—this is no sports movie. Rather, it’s a deft look at what a difference inspirational leadership can make, even in a nation with such a seemingly intractable past as South Africa.”
I couldn’t agree with you more, Arlene.
The title of the film is taken from the poem, Invictus, written by William Ernest Henley. Mr. Mandela said this poem was a source of inspiration for him during his imprisonment.
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.