Close Up
Director: Camilla Nielsson | Countries of production: Denmark, Zimbabwe | Year: 2014 | Length: 100 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

Shot over three years, with remarkable access to the corridors of power in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, Democrats focuses on two political opponents tasked with drafting a new constitution. Mangwana, a blustery cynic unashamedly buoyed by the might of ruling party ZANU-PF, stands in stark contrast to the cautious Mwonzora, from the barely tolerated Movement for Democratic Change.

Filmmaker Nielsson charts the two men’s complex relationship as they travel throughout the country, for a nationwide consultation process marred from the outset by corruption and intimidation. Yet as meetings descend into violent clashes and Mwonzora faces imprisonment, Democrats captures unmistakeable progress towards more democratic rule – and serves as a vivid illustration of our common struggle for dignity.

“Even the slyest political satire couldn’t outdo this riveting doc (…). A rare, vital snapshot of a democracy still very much in the planning stages.”

Best Documentary Feature: Tribeca, Winner
CPH:DOX Award, Nominated

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