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An African Election

An African Election (2011)

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The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win. Director Jarreth Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider's view of the political, economic

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As we join throngs of excited citizens at a public vote-counting, their uninhibited zeal for the process only highlights the jaded cynicism that threatens to overwhelm our own.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What makes the film especially resonate now is the frustration with the status quo that is consistently voiced by the people on the street.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The film team had a gift for being where the electoral action was, and for seeing what was transpiring with an astute eye.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Both topical and apposite, with Merz giving all sides an opportunity.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The tone is a tad condescending but it's fascinating to learn about the country's colonial past.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Paints a portrait of an engaged, energised electorate, thronging the rallies and queuing for 12 hours straight at the polling stations. It's a good foundation; something to build on.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Timely and balanced, this is a great insight into an otherwise closed process, but would it be more at home on TV?

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

This skilful narrative documentary vividly captures the urgency of Ghana's precarious 2008 presidential elections. The people are terrific movie characters, and the sense of a nation moving forward is remarkably gripping.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Goes behind the scenes and demonstrates a democracy dangerously on the verge of collapse.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Occasionally lacking in context but never less than intriguing, Jarreth Merz's polished film is a handy document to a rarely visited democracy.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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