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Mugabe and the White African Reviews

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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.
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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
Ben Machell
Times (UK)
January 8, 2010
Your lasting emotions are of respect for the two farmers, mixed with a lingering, helpless sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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.
Nora Lee Mandel
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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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
Clay Cane
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
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
January 7, 2010
One family's catastrophe, filmed covertly to avoid a press ban, reflects a whole nation brought to its knees by a self-serving despot and his thuggish enforcers.
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
January 8, 2010
Mugabe And The White African is an outstanding documentary offering eye-opening testimony to the plight of one family who seem symbolic of so much that has gone wrong with the country.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 8, 2010
Harrowing, unsparing, incensing and often, as an example of courage beyond the call, inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 8, 2010
The film, most of it shot covertly at great personal risk, takes an openly one-sided view of the struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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+
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
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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
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 8, 2010
A sensational and very moving documentary shot undercover in Zimbabwe. The result deserves to be seen by everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2011
The result is part legal thriller, part five-hankie melodrama.
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