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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Michael Skolnik 
Produced by
Paola Mendoza .... producer
Ted Sarandos .... executive producer
Michael Skolnik .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Kilian 
Cinematography by
James Adolphus 
Film Editing by
Martha Skolnik 
Sound Department
Evan Benjamin .... sound re-recording mixer
Teferra McKenzie .... sound recordist
Steven Visscher .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Drew Carolan .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Charlie Gelber .... colorist
Music Department
Roman Kovalik .... assistant to composer
Roman Kovalik .... composer: additional music
Matt Shelton .... music editor

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USA:83 min
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
It's good to be the king, 21 May 2007
Author: John McGraw from Conway, Arkansas

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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