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Jennifer Hudson dazzles at Winnie Mandela Dallas premiere during Megafest

Jennifer Hudson dazzles for Winnie Mandela Dallas premiere at Megafest

Jennifer Hudson at Winnie Mandela Dallas premiere
Jennifer Hudson Photo by William Neal
Jennifer Hudson, Robert Townsend, Winnie Mandela, OMNI Dallas
Robert Townsend, Jennifer Hudson Photo by William Neal
Jennifer Hudson, Winnie Mandela, OMNI Dallas
Jennifer Hudson Photo by William Neal
Earnest Pugh, Winnie Mandela, Omni Hotel
Earnest Pugh Photo by William Neal
Kevin Frazier, Winnie Mandela, OMNI Dallas
Kevin Frazier Photo by William Neal
Holly Robinson Peete, Winnie Mandela, Omni Hotel
Holly Robinson Peete Photo by William Neal
Keith Williams, Megafest, Winnie Mandela
Keith Williams Photo by William Neal
Robert Townsend, Winnie Mandela, OMNI Dallas
Robert Townsend  Photo by William Neal
Jennifer Hudson at Winnie Mandela Dallas premiere
Jennifer Hudson, Robert Townsend, Winnie Mandela, OMNI Dallas
Jennifer Hudson, Winnie Mandela, OMNI Dallas
Earnest Pugh, Winnie Mandela, Omni Hotel
Kevin Frazier, Winnie Mandela, OMNI Dallas
Holly Robinson Peete, Winnie Mandela, Omni Hotel
Keith Williams, Megafest, Winnie Mandela
Robert Townsend, Winnie Mandela, OMNI Dallas

Crowds at the Omni Dallas hotel were in a dither Saturday to catch a glimpse of Jennifer Hudson at the Dallas premiere of Winnie Mandela. The beauty was all smiles for the public movie screening, which was part of the first International Faith and Family Film Festival during MegaFest.

The film, presented by T. D. Jakes and produced by Andre Pieterse and Michael Mosca, tells the story of Winnie Mandela, wife of Nelson Mandela (played by Terrence Howard), as she fights for the freedom of her husband and her people during the time of apartheid. The film also explores her own solitary confinement and ability to overcome various obstacles in her personal life.

The film originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011, and Hudson is excited to finally share the story of Winnie Mandela in the states.

“I feel like it’s a part of all of our history, and it made a huge difference to the world,” Hudson said. “Without her contribution and fight, where would we be? Its huge shoes to fill, and its a gift in a way. The movie made me have a new appreciation for my freedom. It gave more meaning to it, ya know?

Joining Hudson on the red carpet were Robert Townsend, Holly Robinson Peete, Earnest Pugh, Keith Williams and Kevin Frazier. omg! Insider host Frazier moderated a Q&A with Hudson following the screening.

Winnie Mandela is slated to open in theaters September 6.