Mugabe and the White African
Andrew Thompson & Lucy Bailey
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Shortlisted by the Academy as one of the 15 best feature documentaries of 2009, this unforgettable film is the story of one family's bravery as they fight to protect their property, their livelihood and their country. Mike Campbell is one of the few white farmers left in Zimbabwe since its leader, Robert Mugabe, enacted his disastrous land redistribution program. Once the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has since spiraled into chaos, the economy decimated as farms given to Mugabe cronies are run into the ground. After enduring years of intimidation and threats, Campbell finally decides to take action by challenging Mugabe before an international court.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 33
- Fresh: 32
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Compelling true-life story of the legal battle between a white farmer and the repressive Zimbabwean regime.
Fresh: Tthis incendiary documentary showcases Mugabe's corrupt use of land reform to further polarize a fragile nation already divided along racial lines.