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Mugabe and the White African
Michael 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is part legal thriller, part five-hankie melodrama."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Compelling true-life story of the legal battle between a white farmer and the repressive Zimbabwean regime."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The filmmakers leave massive and sometimes reactionary holes in a film that could easily have pled a more accommodating and sophisticated yet equally airtight case."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"This portrait of a strident white farmer and his family in Zimbabwe is interesting for its close-up view of life there, but it skips too many details and ends up being morally ambiguous."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Outrage powers documentary on Zimbabwean injustice"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"In a continent where despotic rule is not uncommon, there is little argument that Mugabe is the most monstrous of rulers."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Many viewers will leave "Mugabe and the White African" thinking that they have seen few, if any, documentaries as wrenching, sad and infuriating, and those feelings will be justified."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"The final hearing is the most extraordinary scene in the film."
‑ Andy Klein, Christian Science Monitor
"This extraordinary profile in courage starkly bears passionate and brave witness as two flinty farmers stand up for their rights in a good vs. evil fight."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"The film serves as a testimony on behalf of all of Mugabe's victims."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"Bailey and Thompson managed to create a remarkably vivid portrait of a land and its people, while bringing us two unforgettable heroes in Campbell and Freeth."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The film clandestinely captures marauders in action while embedding itself in the imperiled home of aging farmer Michael Campbell."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"Mugabe and the White African is cinema-as-journalism at its most aesthetically confident and humanely satisfying."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Not highlighting the colonized history of Zimbabwe is a huge error for the one-sided doc that at times depicts the Black Zimbabweans as emotionless and racist savages. That said, it's a fearless film but do your own research to be fully informed."
‑ Clay Cane,
"[A] gripping documentary."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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