Mugabe and the White African

Mugabe and the White African

DVD - 2010
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"Family patriarch Mike Campbell is one of the few white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent land seizure program in 2000. Since then the country has descended into chaos, the economy brought to its knees by the reallocation of formerly white-owned farms to Mugabe cronies, who have no knowledge, experience or interest in farming. In 2008, after years of intimidation and threats to his family and farm, Campbell decides to take action. Unable to call upon the protection of any Zimbabwean authorities, he challenges Mugabe before an international court, [the Southern African Development Community Tribunal], charging him and his government with racial discrimination and human rights violations.."-- Publisher's website.
Publisher: New York, NY : First Run Features, [2010]
Branch Call Number: DVD 968.9105 Mugabe
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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LittleNoName
Sep 13, 2016

Interesting, captivating, eye-opening. A must see for those interested in human rights.

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dprodrig
Mar 05, 2012

This is an uncomfortable documentary to watch. Although not made fully clear until quite a bit into the doc, the whites in Zimbabwe have been stripped of their land for no reason than their colour, even as black families in the same situation, and technically subject to the same seizure rules, have not been. However, none of them have been featured on camera as in the Q&A the documentary makers suggest it was in fear of their livelihoods. Speaking out against a brutal regime never goes well for the ones who use their voice. The documentary is raw, told entirely from the perspective of the family and has some very disturbing scenes, which include everything from the minister's son pretending to be the "average" African reclaiming his lost heritage, to the severe beatings the Campbell family suffers. At times you just wish the family would just leave and spare themselves the violence. But they are right, even if I disagree with their religious point of view, someone has to speak out. I wouldn't endanger my children for it, however. Worth watching.

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HereHere
Nov 24, 2011

An interesting legal case on the right of a wealthy landowner in Zimbabwe to own land that the government has redistributed to blacks. There was way too much 'religiousity' for my taste, but otherwise it is an interesting look into one wealthy African family.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 04, 2011

The contrast between the scenes in Zimbabwe and Namibia are stark as they show the reversal in prosperity and racial equality that has taken place under the crazed rule of President Robert Mugabe. There is no happy ending to this documentary ... nor yet for the people of Zimbabwe.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 04, 2011

Liber_vermis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Liber_vermis
Oct 04, 2011

Violence: Several scenes of the aftermath of people having been beaten viciously.

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