An African Election
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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 world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win. Director Jarreth Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider's view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Both topical and apposite, with Merz giving all sides an opportunity."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Timely and balanced, this is a great insight into an otherwise closed process, but would it be more at home on TV?"
‑ Laura Bushell, Little White Lies
"Occasionally lacking in context but never less than intriguing, Jarreth Merz's polished film is a handy document to a rarely visited democracy."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"What makes the film especially resonate now is the frustration with the status quo that is consistently voiced by the people on the street."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"The tone is a tad condescending but it's fascinating to learn about the country's colonial past."
‑ , This is London
"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."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The film team had a gift for being where the electoral action was, and for seeing what was transpiring with an astute eye."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Goes behind the scenes and demonstrates a democracy dangerously on the verge of collapse."
‑ Isabel Stevens, ViewLondon
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