MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN

By Andrew THOMPSON, Lucy BAILEY

HANWAY FILMS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2008

A South African family fights to retain possession of their farm in the face of the ‘Land Reform’ programme operated by Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ZIMBABWE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 88 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Andrew THOMPSON, Lucy BAILEY
    • Producer(s)
    • David PEARSON (ARTURI FILMS), Elizabeth MORGAN HEMLOCK (ARTURI FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Michael Campbell is one of the few hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent land seizure program in 2000. Since then the country has descended into chaos, the economy brought to its knees by the reallocation of formerly white-owned farms to ZANU-PF friends and officials with no knowledge, experience or interest in farming. Mike, like hundreds of white farmers before him, has suffered years of multiple land invasions and violence at his farm. In 2008, Mike, 75 years old and a grandfather - unable to call upon the protection of any Zimbabwean authorities and unable to even rely on the support of his fellow white farmers, all facing the same brutal intimidation - took the unprecedented step of challenging Robert Mugabe before the SADC (South African Development Community) international court, charging him and his government with racial discrimination and of violations of Human Rights. This film is an intimate account of one family's astonishing bravery in the face of brutality, in a fight to protect their property, their livelihood and their country.
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