Democrats (2015)


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"Even the slyest political satire couldn't outdo this riveting docu study of Zimbabwe's troubled coalition government." - Guy Lodge, Variety. In Democrats, director Camilla Nielsson is given astonishing access to dictator Robert Mugabe's political inner circle as a new constitution is drafted, negotiated and signed into law. The film shows the back-and-forth battles between two sworn political enemies, Paul Mangwana and Douglas Mwonzora, who must work together for the common good, as they produce a document to steer the country towards founding principles that will define its future. Acquisition title. (99 min.)

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It is a film both bleak and optimistic, humorous and deeply serious, imbued with daily Zimbabwean life and the conviction that this country is so much more than its woes.

Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The quasi-Kafkaesque administration holding Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's corrupt dictatorship in place finally gets the first-hand scrutiny it merits in Camilla Nielsson's riveting documentary Democrats.

Nov 18, 2015 | Full Review…
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Both accessible to those with little background on the subject and privileged enough to be of value to students of the country's history.

Nov 18, 2015 | Full Review…

The film's question of how democracy can be achieved in a rigged system is especially timely, considering how America's corporate powers have caused countless citizens to feel as if their voices have been silenced.

Nov 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Both inspiring and upsetting, "Democrats" is, finally, a film that deserves to be called "necessary."

Nov 17, 2015 | Full Review…

As excellent a documentary about politics as you will ever see.

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