Democrats The Film


1450 DKK / In stock.
Purchase of this version includes the right to screen the film in educational contexts as long as these screenings are non-commercial.

In the wake of Robert Mugabe’s contentious 2008 presidential win, Zimbabwe convened a bipartisan constitutional committee in an effort to transition the country away from its corrupt authoritarian leadership. Two men from rival political parties were appointed to the committee: Paul Mangwana and Douglas Mwonzora. Mwonzora, representing the opposition, is trying to wrest power from dictator Mugabe, and lead the country into a modern democracy. Mangwana, the President’s henchman is fighting to maintain the political status quo. It can go either way – toward liberation, or toward renewed repression.. As the two begin to navigate their uncertain course, an uneasy alliance begins to form.

Filmed over three years with unprecedented access to the two political rivals overseeing the committee, this riveting, firsthand account of a country’s fraught first steps towards democracy plays at once like an intimate political thriller and unlikely buddy film.

Duration: 99 min.
Year: 2015
Language: English, Shona
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), Danish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)