Democrats

Democrats

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Director: Camilla Nielsson Country: Denmark Year: 2014 Running time: 99 mins Colour: Colour Language: English/Shona with English subtitles

The tortuous process of cross-party negotiation behind Zimbabwe’s politically unstable 2013 constitution lays the foundation for Danish director Camilla Nielsson’s riveting documentary. By following the co-chairpersons of the process on both sides of the political divide – ruling party ZANU-PF, and opposition party MDC – the film exposes the various political, local and personal interests at play. As the two men set out on countrywide grassroots consultations, the mountainous gap between the two sides serves as a rare, vital snapshot of a democracy still very much in its initial stages.

Join us as our panel of experts explore Paul Manganwa and Douglas Mwonzora’s battle in the context of Zimbabwe’s modern history, shedding light on where the country’s political and economic crisis sits in the trajectory of democracy in the continent.