An African Election
An African Election (2011)

The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 2, 2011
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

As we join throngs of excited citizens at a public vote-counting, their uninhibited zeal for the process only highlights the jaded cynicism that threatens to overwhelm our own.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Both topical and apposite, with Merz giving all sides an opportunity.

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Laura Bushell
Little White Lies

Timely and balanced, this is a great insight into an otherwise closed process, but would it be more at home on TV?

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

What makes the film especially resonate now is the frustration with the status quo that is consistently voiced by the people on the street.

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This is London

The tone is a tad condescending but it's fascinating to learn about the country's colonial past.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This skilful narrative documentary vividly captures the urgency of Ghana's precarious 2008 presidential elections. The people are terrific movie characters, and the sense of a nation moving forward is remarkably gripping.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The film team had a gift for being where the electoral action was, and for seeing what was transpiring with an astute eye.

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Xan Brooks
Guardian

Paints a portrait of an engaged, energised electorate, thronging the rallies and queuing for 12 hours straight at the polling stations. It's a good foundation; something to build on.

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Isabel Stevens
ViewLondon

Goes behind the scenes and demonstrates a democracy dangerously on the verge of collapse.

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