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Mugabe and the White African Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2011
The result is part legal thriller, part five-hankie melodrama.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
September 6, 2010
The filmmakers leave massive and sometimes reactionary holes in a film that could easily have pled a more accommodating and sophisticated yet equally airtight case.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 2, 2010
In a continent where despotic rule is not uncommon, there is little argument that Mugabe is the most monstrous of rulers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Christian Science Monitor
August 13, 2010
The final hearing is the most extraordinary scene in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 13, 2010
Bailey and Thompson managed to create a remarkably vivid portrait of a land and its people, while bringing us two unforgettable heroes in Campbell and Freeth.
| Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
July 27, 2010
Mugabe and the White African is cinema-as-journalism at its most aesthetically confident and humanely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
July 26, 2010
This portrait of a strident white farmer and his family in Zimbabwe is interesting for its close-up view of life there, but it skips too many details and ends up being morally ambiguous.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 24, 2010
This extraordinary profile in courage starkly bears passionate and brave witness as two flinty farmers stand up for their rights in a good vs. evil fight.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 23, 2010
Compelling true-life story of the legal battle between a white farmer and the repressive Zimbabwean regime.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
July 23, 2010
Many viewers will leave "Mugabe and the White African" thinking that they have seen few, if any, documentaries as wrenching, sad and infuriating, and those feelings will be justified.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
July 21, 2010
The film clandestinely captures marauders in action while embedding itself in the imperiled home of aging farmer Michael Campbell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
July 20, 2010
Not highlighting the colonized history of Zimbabwe is a huge error for the one-sided doc that at times depicts the Black Zimbabweans as emotionless and racist savages. That said, it's a fearless film but do your own research to be fully informed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 20, 2010
Tthis incendiary documentary showcases Mugabe's corrupt use of land reform to further polarize a fragile nation already divided along racial lines.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 2, 2010
Outrage powers documentary on Zimbabwean injustice
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
January 15, 2010
The film serves as a testimony on behalf of all of Mugabe's victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 15, 2010
[A] gripping documentary.
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
January 15, 2010
It excels as a courtroom drama, a tense thriller, a ringing call to arms, and, most of all, as a humbling portrait of the unflappable, indefatigable farmers and their families.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 8, 2010
Shot more like a thriller, this powerful documentary follows a white Zimbabwean family as they take on one of the most ruthless dictators in human history. It's both riveting and wrenching, and needs to be seen as far and wide as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
January 8, 2010
This is one of those documentaries that stays with you for years. The injustice infuriates and the story, simply and deftly told, breaks your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 8, 2010
The film's strength lies in its fearless reportage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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