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An African Election

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Jarreth Merz

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Plot Summary

In a world plagued by stolen elections, secret government agendas, and a renewed interest in the exploitation of African natural resources, what value does democracy offer, particularly in the tumultuous region of West Africa? For Ghana, a nation that has been Africa's barometer of political stability, democracy may mean the difference between peace and prosperity - and murderous chaos under military coup. An African Election is a remarkable documentary that grants viewers unprecedented access to the anatomy of Ghana's 2008 presidential elections. Capturing the intrigue of electioneering, the intensity of the vote-counting process, and the mood of the countrymen whose fate lies precariously in the balance, director Jarreth Merz's coverage unfolds with all the tension of a political thriller, revealing the emotions, passions, and ethical decisions that both threaten and maintain the integrity of the democratic process. An African Election illuminates a beacon of hope for Africa and for the value and vitality of democracy today.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Nov 29, 2011

Fresh: 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, Nov 11, 2011

Fresh: 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, Nov 29, 2011

Fresh: 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, Nov 25, 2011

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An African Election
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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