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.

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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London Evening Standard

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

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

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

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