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Mugabe and the White African
A film by Lucy Bailey & Andrew Thompson

94 minutes, documentary, color, English & Shona w/ English subtitles, 2010

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Short-listed as one of the 15 best documentaries of 2010, Mugabe and the White African is the story of one family’s astonishing bravery as they fight to protect their property, their livelihood and their country.

Mike Campbell is one of the few white farmers left in Zimbabwe since its leader, Robert Mugabe, enacted his disastrous land redistribution program. Once the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has since spiraled into chaos, the economy decimated as farms given to Mugabe cronies are run into ruin. After enduring years of intimidation and threats, Campbell decides to take action. Unable to call upon help from his country’s authorities, he challenges Mugabe before an international court.

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"Powerful, eye-opening, unforgettable! A remarkably vivid portrait of a land and its people." - Los Angeles Times

" Superb! One of the best documentaries of the year." - Time Out London

"Critics' Pick! Filmed at tremendous risk... Surprisingly visceral and riveting!"
- New York Magazine

"Engrossing and enraging! Gripping...astonishing!" - National Public Radio

"Potent, suspenseful, intense." - Variety

"In essence a thriller - an extraordinary movie." - The Stranger

"Gripping and important...the finest documentary I’ve seen this year." - Washington Times

"Wonderful! No screen heroes this year will trump the bravery of this family."
- The Times (London)

"Incendiary!" - LA Weekly / Village Voice

"Historically, politically, ethically and morally imperative for the world to see."
- Moving Pictures Magazine

Recommended Reading

The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe by Peter Godwin

The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa by Douglas Rogers

Dinner with Mugabe: The Untold Story of a Freedom Fighter Who Became a Tyrant by Heidi Holland

Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe's Future by Martin Meredith


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Mike Campbell, Zimbabwean Farmer Who Fought Land Seizure, Dies at 78, The New York Times, 4/10/11

Features and Specifications

●  Directors' Q&A
●  Biographies
●  Photo Gallery

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