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Mugabe and the White African (2009)

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An intimate and moving account of one family's extraordinary courage in the face of overwhelming injustice and brutality.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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In 2008 Mike Campbell - one of the few remaining white farmers in Zimbabwe to have held fast in the face of the violent 'Land Reform' programme - took the unprecedented step of challenging President Robert Mugabe before the SADC International Court (SADC - South African Development Community) to defend his farm, which is also home to 500 black workers and their families, and to charge Mugabe and his government with racial discrimination and with violations of Human Rights. Written by Anonymous

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$1,907 (USA) (23 July 2010)

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18 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ignorance in these reviews is astonishing. This movie was meant to be an exposition of the vicious injustice of Mugabe and his regime, and it succeeded in its intention. No matter how you slice it, the violence, injustice, and lawlessness shown in this documentary is very real. Some of the reviewers attempt to discredit the racism and violence shown in this film by commenting on the oppressive history of Rhodesia. For those people, I only recommend you consult the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_quoque

Pointing out the reprehensible actions of others, does not validate your own or anyone else's. It's a fallacy. This film showed what it is like for a white farm owner living in modern Zimbabwe. It showed what it is like right here, right now. It was not inaccurate or with bias. It was not scripted. It was not dramatized (in fact quite the opposite, it's amazing the subjects were not more dramatic).

This film delved into a little known subject and captured a moving story. I highly recommend this film to any documentary lover.


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