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Without the King (2007)

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Swaziland is the last absolute monarchy in the world and one of the few African countries that has never faced a civil war. This portrait of a nation in transition juxtaposes the opulent ... See full summary »

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His Majesty King Mswati III ...
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Swaziland is the last absolute monarchy in the world and one of the few African countries that has never faced a civil war. This portrait of a nation in transition juxtaposes the opulent life of the royal family to the bare subsistence of Swazi citizens who are poised to fight for a better life. Written by Michael Skolnik

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$4,237 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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$8,471 (USA) (20 June 2008)
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It's good to be the king
21 May 2007 | by (Conway, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

A nice little 3-part tale shows us the king of Swaziland, the last absolute monarch in the world: his wives, palatial accommodations, fleet of luxury cars, etc. The filmmaker obviously enjoyed extraordinary access to the king and the royal family, and the king has a great deal to say about his role and his responsibilities. Unfortunately, all that talk seems wildly at odds with reality. Swaziland has the world's lowest life expectancy. The prevalence rate of AIDS in the population is almost 43%. The people earn roughly $.63 per day and subsist on donated food and offal. There is talk of revolution from many people who must now be at risk for espousing treason on camera. There is also the princess, sold to us as a rather spoiled brat who equates her father with the nation's culture, and cannot imagine the willful denial of either. She begins to see things through another point of view, but how far will that go?


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