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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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Nov 29, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

What makes the film especially resonate now is the frustration with the status quo that is consistently voiced by the people on the street.

Nov 29, 2011 | Full Review…

The film team had a gift for being where the electoral action was, and for seeing what was transpiring with an astute eye.

Nov 11, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Director Merz spent his childhood in Ghana, and An African Election feels like a personal love letter to his country, warts and all.

Dec 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Both topical and apposite, with Merz giving all sides an opportunity.

Jan 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Nov 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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