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Mugabe and the White African (2009)

Michael Campbell , Robert Mugabe , Lucy Bailey , Andrew Thompson  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Campbell, Robert Mugabe, Ben Freeth
  • Directors: Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Shona, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00443TULY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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CRITICS' PICK! Filmed at tremendous risk... Surprisingly VISCERAL and RIVETING! --New York Magazine

ENGROSSING AND ENRAGING! Gripping...Astonishing! --National Public Radio

Eye-opening chronicle… a remarkably vivid portrait of a land and its people. --LA Times

Product Description

{SHORTLISTED Academy of Motion Pictures for Best Documentary Oscar 2009}

{WINNER! Best Documentary, British Independent Film Award 2009}

{WINNER! Grand Jury Prize, Silverdocs 2009}

{WINNER! Special Jury Prize, Hamptons International Film Festival 2009}

Short-listed as one of the 15 best documentaries of the year, Mugabe and the White African is the story of one family's astonishing 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. Previously the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has since spiraled into chaos, the economy decimated as farms given to Mugabe cronies are run into ruin. After enduring years of intimidation, threats and, finally, physical violence, Campbell decides to take action. Unable to call upon help from his country's authorities, he challenges Mugabe before an international court.


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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking story January 3, 2011
Format:DVD
I wish that every impotent politician and do gooder who screamed, in their ignorance, 'One Man One Vote' in the 70's could see the devastation wrought by the very man they encouraged into power.

This film displays the dignity and courage of a farming family who dared to stand against the injustice and corruption of a government that has brought a beautiful, prosperous country to its knees. Greed and power has marked Mugabe's reign. He will die soon and behind him is a legacy of destruction, violence and genocide....Yet the world looks on and does nothing.

Mike Campbell and his family dared to take Mugabe on. They refused to hand over their legally owned land to one of Mugabe's henchmen. They went to an international court and won....but at what a price. View this DVD if you have the courage. Then I challenge you to do something worthwhile to bring change in Zimbabwe.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story that veryone should see. May 7, 2011
Format:DVD
This was a fantastic movie. Mike Campbell was murdered on April 6, 2011. Watch this movie and be amazed at what is happening in Zimbabwe and is seldom reported. My family and I found this movie to be very well done. The Campbell family is very brave and tried to stay with their farm and family.Hundreds of white farmers have been murdered like Mike. Watch this and be informed. The Economist magazine has a tribute to Mike Campbell in the April 23, 2011 issue. You will not forget this!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Injustice April 30, 2011
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I watched this video the same day that Mike Campbell passed away. It is so sad to see that after all the courage and fortitude that Mugabe still ultimately won. This film is not about Zimbabwe, it is about standing up for what you believe in. If you need some inspiration this is one to watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mugabe-Go To Hell! August 16, 2011
By Hzleyes
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I agree with the others, this is a great documentary of a man who started out as a liberator and has turned into one of the most despotic, racist and power hungry dictator's in the past 30 years. His criminality and blood thirsty bigotry has devastated what was once not only Africa's breadbasket, but also a major tourist destination. For what purpose-to maintain himself in power. He has abused, killed and menanced his countrymen. While this documentary focuses on the story of a particular white farmer, it also illustrates the heroic courage of many black Zimbabweans who risked their lives in support of the higher ideal of brotherhood and democracy. Hell will be too cool for Mugabe when he get there to rest alongside Stalin, Hitler, Lenin and other bloodthirsty degenerate dictators.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Post-Colonialism June 29, 2011
Format:DVD
As people in developing countries have escaped colonialism, the colonizers have been pushed to the margins of history or caricatured as one-dimensional villains. The documentary Mugabe and the White African suggests that - at the very least - things are more complicated. The film is well worth watching and provides a lot of food for thought.

Viewers learn of the plight of white, Zimbabwean farmers Mike Campbell and his son-in-law Ben Freeth. They own a huge farm, but face eviction by the government of Zimbabwe's dictator, Robert Mugabe, so that their land can be given to black Africans. The fact that Mugabe's government had earlier given Campbell title to the land means nothing.

The film focuses on two series of events. The first is an international court case that Campbell and Freeth have launched in Namibia in an attempt to save their land. The second is a series of attempts to take over the farm by high officials from Mugabe's government. Both threads are interesting, but the attempted farm takeovers are more dramatic. Mugabe inadvertently stars in the film as the man who bringing down a country to preserve his power.

Some critics have noted that Mugabe and the White African tells just one side of the story - that of white farmers being forced off their land. This is true. The film does not question the equity of Campbell's ownership of a huge farm in a country where many have nothing.

I thoroughly enjoyed Mugabe and the White African. While it is not the entire story of post-colonialism in Zimbabwe, it is thought provoking. (Viewers who are interested in the subjects of white settlers in the post-colonial world might also enjoy the books Last Days in Cloud Cuckooland by Graham Boynton and Lost White Tribes by Riccardo Orizio).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of hating white people... June 8, 2011
By Yoda
Format:DVD
The documentary follows a family of white farmers who, having legally purchased and utilized their farmland for over 20 years, are under threat of expropriation by the Mugabe regime. The documentary follows the family's optimistic and idealistic legal challenge to Mugabe which, inevitably, fails. Considering the state of the judiciary in Zimbabwe this is no surprise. Eventually the family is beaten and nearly killed and does lose its farm. It loses it under the guise of land "redistribution" which, in reality, is anything but. The so called "redistribution" consists, in reality, not of taking land from white farmers and giving it to the "poor" or "landless" but to Mugabe's cronies and the "connected" who then go about stripping the farms, running them into the ground and making them totally unproductive. Hence not only do the white farmers lose their land but the black farm hands also lose their jobs and Zimbabwe, a predominately agragrian based economy, loses tax income and agricultural production. As a result of these seizures Zimbabwe has gone from being a large agricultural exporter to a large net importer of agricultural products. No mind, however, as Mugabe's friends , family and supporters end up lining their pockets as a result.

One of the remarkable aspects of the film is its footage of Mugabe's cronies that clearly show their explicit racial policies of ethnic cleansing of the european segment of the population. During one espcially illustrative clip, the son of one of Mugabe's ministers, an individual whose hand's the family's farmland falls into, goes on a tirade blaming the european races for "theft" and "running the economy into the ground" and then goes on to call, quite literally and explicitely, for the expulsion of all those of european decent from Zimababwe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very sad but true story.
We have friends living in Zimbabwe and are very aware of the atrocities inflicted on the Zimbabwe people by its government. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith A. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH
THE TRUE STORY OF RHODESIA NEEDS TO BE TOLD AND THIS DVD IS A GREAT START. THE LEADERS OF ZIMBABWE, RHODESIA ARE A MURDEROUS JOKE WHO NEED TO GO TO HELL...D.O.L.
Published 5 months ago by D.O.L.
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply Frustrating
The naivete of the farm owner and his kin in the film is astonishing. Did they know nothing of Mugabe's mode of operation? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephen Stults
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Story That Tells A Big Story
This is a basic blueprint of how a dictator can take a population from foreign oppression to an even worse domestic oppression. Read more
Published 16 months ago by mr. critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Done
This is a sad and stirring video about one family fighting oppression and trying to hold onto its farm: it held my interest every minute with its pacing and raw narrative. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Spudman
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad but Inspiring Documentary of the Downward Spiral in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has experienced a lot of turmoil and tragedy of the last few decades. Sadly, the country is being ruined by Robert Mugabe, a dictator who took power in 1980. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ironman96
4.0 out of 5 stars Courage and faith
A small family of farmers take on the Big Man of Zimbabwe armed only with their unbreakable faith and courage. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Simon Bendle
1.0 out of 5 stars what comes around is called KARMA or pay back?
As an Afrikan descendant whose peoples have been enslaved, discriminated against, murdered dehumanized raped sodomized and abused "ALL OVER THE WORLD AND STILL" (IN THE DAY OF... Read more
Published on December 18, 2011 by Taking no BULL spkntruth2pwr
4.0 out of 5 stars Important, tense, but incomplete
While this documentary of a white farmer fighting for his land against the bullying dictator Mugabe
and his `land redistribution' program that mostly redistributed land only... Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by K. Gordon
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