Mugabe and the White African

  • Mugabe et l'Africain Blanc
© Robin Hammond: Mike Campbell et Ben Freeth avec des membres du MATWA, Arturi Films April 09
Genre : Political
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2009
Format : Feature
Running time : 90 (in minutes)

Michael Campbell is one of a handful of white farmers still left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began enforcing his controversial land seizure program, an initiative intended to reclaim white-owned land and redistribute it to poor black Zimbabweans. Since 2000, formerly thriving farms that employed thousands, now sit derelict while poverty and hunger are rife amongst the majority of the country's citizens; but 74-year-old Mike refuses to back down. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 2008 presidential election, "Mugabe and the White African" follows Mike and son-in-law Ben Freeth's harrowing attempt to take Mugabe to an international court for racism and violation of their human rights.

Much of this film was shot covertly.
To have been caught filming would have meant imprisonment.

Directors: Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson
Producers: David Pearson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock
Executive Producers: Steve Milne, Pauline Burt
Arturi Films in association with Explore Films, Film Agency For Wales and Molinare Productions.

Producers: David Pearson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock
Executive Producers: Steve Milne, Pauline Burt
Film Editor: Tim Lovell
Director of Photography: Andrew Thompson
Sound Recordists: Sebastian Dunn, James Snowden
Composer: Jonny Pilcher
Film Archive Researcher: Daphne Mather
Re-Recording Mixer: George Foulgham
DI Colourist: Tim Waller
On Line Editor: Justin Eely
Assistant re-Recording Mixer: James Cullen
Senior DI Technician: Andy Richards
Dialogue Editor: Claire Ellis
Sound Effects Editor: Lisa-Marie McStay
Post Production Manager: Alan Pritt
Post Productions: Molinare, London
For Molinare - Managing Director: Mark Foligno
Chief Financial Officer: Deepak Sikka
DI Film Consultant: Justin Lanchbury
For Film Agency for Wales - Head of Talent Keith Potter
Production Executive: Kate Crowther
Talent Development Executive: Adam Partridge
PR Manager: Lisa Jenkins
Legal Services: Mary Brehony, Brehon & Co.
For Channel Four - Head of Docuementaries: Hamish Mykura
Editor for More 4: Tabitha Jackson
Deputy Comm. Editor, More 4: Sandra Whipham
Archive: AP Archive, BBC Motion Gallery, CBS, Journeyman Pictures
Production Insurance: Media Insurance Brokers
Production Bookeeper: John Simon
Publicity: Sophie Toumazis, TPR-Media
Stills Photography: Robin Hammond
Titles: James Fletcher
Production and Marketing Assistant: Ron Brunwin

With thanks:
Mike Campbell, Ben Freeth and their families and friends, the Workers and their families on Mount Carmel Farm, Elize Angula, Jeffrey Jowell, Jeremy Gauntlett, Saima Nambinga, Chris Jarrett, Jamie Whear, Jaselle Williams, Antony and Bridget Bailey, Malcolm and Margaret Thompson, Kenny MacDonald, Rania Yahia

Arturi Films Limited
in Association with Explore Films
Molinare Productions and The Film Agency for Wales


* British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary

* Sterling World Grand Jury Prize at Silver Docs AFI Discovery Festival Washington DC

* Special Jury Prize at the Hampton's Festival in USA.

Nominations have included:
* BAFTA Nominated for Outstanding Debut (film's producers David Pearson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, and directors Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson).
* IDA Distinguished Features AwardCinema Eye Award for Outstanding Achievement in an International Feature Film
* Shortlisted for an Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary Feature


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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