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Mugabe and the White African -- Michael Campbell is one of the few hundred white farmers still left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his land seizure program.  Mike, like hundreds of farmers before him, has suffered years of multiple land invasions and violence at his far
Mugabe and the White African -- Michael Campbell is one of the few hundred white farmers still left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his land seizure program.  Mike, like hundreds of farmers before him, has suffered years of multiple land invasions and violence at his far

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7 August 2009 (USA) See more »
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An intimate and moving account of one family's extraordinary courage in the face of overwhelming injustice and brutality. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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DocHouse: 'Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law' review
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Peter Bradshaw's best of 2010
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 1 December 2010, 8:50 AM, PST)

Banksy film wins prize
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Directed by
Lucy Bailey 
Andrew Thompson 
 
Produced by
Pauline Burt .... executive producer
Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock .... producer
Steve Milne .... executive producer
David Pearson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jonny Pilcher 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Thompson 
 
Film Editing by
Tim Lovell 
 
Production Management
Alan Pritt .... post-production manager
 
Sound Department
Sebastian Dunn .... sound recordist
Claire Ellis .... dialogue editor
George Foulgham .... sound re-recording mixer
James Snowden .... sound recordist
 
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Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Tim Drewett .... digital film technician
Justin Eely .... on-line editor
Matt James .... digital film supervisor
Justin Lanchbury .... di film consultant
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Andy Richards .... senior digital intermediate technician
Tim Waller .... senior colorist
 
Other crew
Kate Crowther .... production executive
Tabitha Jackson .... production executive
Daphne Mather .... archive researcher
Adam Partridge .... development executive
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
 
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Mark Foligno .... special thanks
Kenny MacDonald .... thanks
Deepak Sikka .... special thanks
 

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1 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Manipulatively clean-slating history, 12 February 2013
Author: p-stepien from United Kingdom

Writing this as a White African born and raised in Africa I found the movie extremely distasteful and manipulative. How such a one-sided white-washing (literally) documentary received such accolades is beyond me. Especially amongst critics who normally like more balanced perspectives.

Best critique on the subject is by Eric Ritskes of the Wanderings blog who offer an honest balanced perspective on the movie and its misgivings. Best quote: "The movie fails to highlight the great irony in hearing White European lawyers argue that democracy is not merely about majority rule but about protecting basic human rights, basic human rights that White Europeans ignored in Zimbabwe for hundreds of years. I guess these basic human rights only need to be protected when White human rights are at stake." Other recommended reading is the 'other side of the story' of forced redistribution, as presented in the article "In Zimbabwe Land Takeover, a Golden Lining" in the New York Times (by Lydia Polgren, June 20th 2012).

Mugabe is a gibberish tyrant and his cronies are corrupt to the bare bone. But the key essence to the story is this: Land redistribution is just and necessary, whilst those responsible for stealing from the indigenous populations fail to own up and compensate the white farmers (aka the British government). Both the wickedness of Mugabe government and the failings of inevitable land redistribution need to be mentioned to offer true unbiased perspective.

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