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Mugabe And The White African - Preview & competition

Mugabe & The White African

Preview by Jack Foley

THE powerful and deeply effecting feature documentary from British directors Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, Mugabe And The White African, made a huge impact on its theatrical release, garnering huge critical acclaim and awards and nominations galore, winning Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards and nominated for both a BAFTA and an Oscar.

This outstanding film now makes it way to DVD, complete with a slew of extras, on May 10, 2010, courtesy of Dogwoof.

Mike Campbell is one of a handful of white farmers still left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began enforcing his controversial land seizure program, an initiative intended to reclaim white-owned land and redistribute it to poor black Zimbabweans.

Since 2000, formerly thriving farms that employed thousands, now sit derelict while poverty and hunger are rife amongst the majority of the country’s citizens; but 74-year-old Mike refuses to back down.

Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 2008 presidential election, Mugabe And The White African follows Mike and son-in-law Ben Freeth’s harrowing attempt to take Mugabe to an international court for racism and violation of their human rights.

It is an unprecedented case, upon which rests not only Mike and his family’s future, but also the future of millions of ordinary Zimbabweans who continue to suffer at the hands of one of the world’s most infamous tyrants.

Much of the film was shot covertly – to have been caught filming would have meant imprisonment for anyone involved.

Win Mugabe & The White African on DVD

To celebrate the release of Mugabe & The White African on DVD on May 10, 2010, IndieLondon has teamed up with Dogwoof to offer readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies of the film. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Name one of the two co-directors of Mugabe & The White African?

Simply send the answer to Mugabe DVD competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Certificate: E
Running time: 90mins
UK DVD Release: May 10, 2010