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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 and social forces at work in Ghana. -- (C) Official Site

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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
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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
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.

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Birmingham Post

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

Full Review… | November 25, 2011
London Evening Standard

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.

Full Review… | November 25, 2011
Guardian

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