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President

Directed by Camilla Nielsson
2020
Denmark, USA, Norway
134 minutes
All Ages
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Camilla Nielsson (Democrats SFF 2015) examines the battle to establish Zimbabwe’s first democratic constitution. Totally engrossing and globally pertinent.
With the country in economic crisis, long-time Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is ousted in a 2017 coup by then-Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Prior to the ensuing and bitter election, 40-year-old lawyer Nelson Chamisa steps in as opposition leader. There are death threats against the charismatic but relatively inexperienced Chamisa, and he's forced into hiding. Election foul play is suspected, results are delayed and activists hit the streets. Nielsson's documentary won a Sundance Special Jury Award for Verité Filmmaking – just weeks after the storming of the US Capitol. The disgraceful response to America's 2020 election reverberates throughout President. A timely reminder of what democracy means and how hard it is to reclaim once lost.
It’s a through-the-looking-glass moment in history that can’t help but echo the recent election furore in you-know-what-country.
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Politics consistently creates its own tragedy and comedy, and this vital, devastating documentary knows when simply to stand in the crowd.
Guy Lodge, Variety

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Sun 7 Nov
1:30pm
Dendy Newtown 2
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Sat 13 Nov
11:30am
Event Cinemas George St 4
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2020
Classification
All Ages
Country
Denmark, USA, Norway
Language
In English and Shona with English subtitles
Director
Camilla Nielsson
Producer
Signe Byrge Sørensen, Joslyn Barnes
Cinematographer
Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor
Jeppe Bødskov
Genre
Documentary, Africa, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Scandinavia, Women Directors
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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