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Zimbabwean documentary 'Democrats' set for screening in EU Parliament

by Stephen Jakes
15 Jun 2015 at 08:37hrs | Views

Zimbabwe Europe Network, MEP Judith Sargentini and EPD  are organising a screening of the award winning film 'Democrats', a fascinating film about politics in Zimbabwe.

The screening will take place on Wednesday 1 July (18:00 - 20:30) in the European Parliament, Brussels and several European Ambassadors (including the EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe) and Zimbabwean civil society leaders will join the Question and Answer after the film.

For more than three years director Camilla Nielsson has been up close in the inner circles of politics in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.

"With the process of creating Zimbabwe's new constitution as the film's narrative backbone, 'Democrats' tells the story of a political elite fighting a battle over the founding principles defining the country's possible future," reads a report by ZEN.

"After the violent and disputed elections of 2008, the resulting coalition government also brought with it a call for a new constitution, and the film follows two top politicians spearheading the process. Director Camilla Nielsson gained unique access to the thrilling political game being played between Paul Mangwana of Mugabe's Zanu-PF and Douglas Mwonzora of the MDC-T. 'Democrats' is a brilliant example of how documentary film can make complex processes comprehensible in a way that a thousand think tank reports can not."

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