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President. 2021. USA/Denmark/Norway/Zimbabwe. Directed by Camilla Nielsson. In Shona; English subtitles. 134 min.
In a year when America’s commitment to free and fair elections will be tested, director Camilla Nielsson’s gripping documentary account of Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections provides a frightening lesson on democracy subverted. Covering the country’s first “democratic” election in 40 years (following the ouster of autocrat Robert Mugabe), the film follows the campaign of Nelson Chamisa, a visionary and determined young leader. Balancing hope and frustration, President is a critical story for perilous times.
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