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Mugabe and the White African: Discussion Guide

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In Zimbabwe, de facto dictator Robert Mugabe has unleashed a "land reform" program aimed at driving whites from the country through violence and intimidation. Mugabe and the White African, much of which was filmed clandestinely, tells the alarming story of one family of proud "white Africans" who fight back. As an outreach tool, this record of the Campbell family's experiences raises questions about race, racism, human rights, international law, the strength of faith and family and, ultimately, the complex legacy of European colonization of Africa.

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Film Information

Mugabe and the White African (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 26, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Economist Film Project Selection Press Release


Lucy Bailey
Lucy Bailey
Andrew Thompson
Andrew Thompson

We wanted to make a film about a big issue like the land reform program policy in Zimbabwe, but in a very intimate and personal way. ”

— Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson, Co-directors


Film Update

Critical Acclaim

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.”

— Mike Hale,
The New York Times

Heart-wrenching, enraging. . . . The film is an unmissable portrait of courage under fire.”

— Peter Gradshaw,
The Guardian


— Andy Klein,
Christian Science Monitor

A powerful and particularly well-made film . . . Searing, and sharply told.”

— Verne Gay,

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