Without the King
Without the King (2007)

Sandwiched tightly in between South Africa and Mozambique, the nation of Swaziland sits poised on the brink of revolution. It also appears to exist outside of modern history, as the last remaining monarchical African state. The country… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 13, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Without the King transitions nicely from standard operating crisis report to a portrait of a hopeful political awakening.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Without the King, Michael Skolnik's subtly perceptive documentary, avoids a tone of first-world outrage; leaning more toward understanding than blame, the film examines a country forced to choose between tradition and survival.

Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

Powerful and enlightening.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Director Michael Skolnik's generically crafted documentary on the precarious conditions of Swaziland, last functioning monarchy in Africa, is a curious mixture of banality and revelation.

Joshua Land
Time Out

Director Michael Skolnik gained extraordinary access to both Swaziland's royal family and its political underground, and delivers an unflinching portrait of a country where life expectancy is the shortest in the world.

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Cynthia Fuchs

Pashu straddles a particular and complicated divide in Without the King, Michael Skolnik's intriguing documentary about the last kingdom in Africa.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Without the King is a fascinating documentary about a little-known African tyrant, King Mswati III of Swaziland, a country the size of New Jersey with a population of 1.1 million.

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Ronnie Scheib

King fascinates on many levels as it ticks off intriguing sociological facts about this impoverished nation.

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Harry Chotiner

... the ultimate experience of Skolnik's film is seeing a country that seems about to disappear from the face of the earth.

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Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Without the King" is a very illuminating documentary about Swaziland, one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world… More
John Ballantine
A good documentary on Swaziland and its insistence on remaining under a monarch who seems to marry every woman in the country and lives in luxury while his… More

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