Without the King (2008)
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Sandwiched tightly in between South Africa and Mozambique, the nation of Swaziland sits poised on the brink of revolution. It also appears to exist outside of modern history, as the last remaining monarchical African state. The country battles such problems as a 43-percent AIDS/HIV rate, terrorist cells littering the countryside, and -- most significantly -- a large, angry populace ready to revolt. Meanwhile, the Swazi king, Mswati III, price shops for a fleet of limousines and evinces a
Apr 13, 2007 Wide
Jul 22, 2008
Red Envelope Entertainment
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Without the King transitions nicely from standard operating crisis report to a portrait of a hopeful political awakening.
Director Michael Skolnik's generically crafted documentary on the precarious conditions of Swaziland, last functioning monarchy in Africa, is a curious mixture of banality and revelation.
Without the King is a fascinating documentary about a little-known African tyrant, King Mswati III of Swaziland, a country the size of New Jersey with a population of 1.1 million.
Without the King, Michael Skolnik's subtly perceptive documentary, avoids a tone of first-world outrage; leaning more toward understanding than blame, the film examines a country forced to choose between tradition and survival.
Director Michael Skolnik gained extraordinary access to both Swaziland's royal family and its political underground, and delivers an unflinching portrait of a country where life expectancy is the shortest in the world.
King fascinates on many levels as it ticks off intriguing sociological facts about this impoverished nation.
Pashu straddles a particular and complicated divide in Without the King, Michael Skolnik's intriguing documentary about the last kingdom in Africa.
... the ultimate experience of Skolnik's film is seeing a country that seems about to disappear from the face of the earth.
It's a shame the film doesn't cast a wider net into deeper political waters.
Penetrating study of greed and feudal backwardness in Africa's last absolute monarchy.
Skolnik, who directs and scripted Without the King, brings vivid, highly critical life to this hapless country.
A documentary about the last ruling King in Africa which shows that the offspring of absolute political power is injustice.
Bio-pic about the last reigning monarch on the continent governing just about the only sub-Saharan nation untouched by civil war or ethnic cleansing, despite the world's lowest life expectancy at 31.
We're supposed to buy the idea that the Swazis will be saved by Africa's answer to Paris Hilton? Yeah, right. Proof-positive that despotism and decadence comes in all colors.
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