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A political drama about the future of a dictatorship


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Two political enemies are compelled to undertake a joint mission to write Zimbabwe’s new constitution: the ultimate test that will take the country a decisive step closer to democracy and away from President Mugabe’s dictatorship, or push it into renewed repression. In a country with little respect for human rights, impeded by economic sanctions and hyperinflation running rampant, failure is not an option.

The two senior politicians, MP Paul Mangwana (ZANU-PF) and MP Douglas Mwonzora (MDC) have been appointed to lead Zimbabwe through the process of writing a new constitution. Going behind the scenes of the constitutional process, Democrats offers a unique insight into the Zimbabwean government at a critical, history-changing juncture as the political elite struggles to find a new postcolonial identity − a struggle that may be the harbinger of a new epoch in the development of modern African states.

Director Camilla Nielsson
Producer Henrik Veileborg
Produced by Upfront Pictures in ass. with DR, BBC, NHK, VPRO, SVT, YLE, NRK, ITVS & HRT
Duration 1 hour & feature
Year of Production 2014
Original Title Democrats