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Mugabe and the White African (3 stars)

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Mugabe and the White African

(tbc) 90min

Documentary about Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s aggressive land reform programme and the effect it has had on white owned farms and their inhabitants. The film follows the brave fight of farmer Michael Campbell to hold on to his farm and live peacefully.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh and selected release, Fri 8–Mon 11 Jan.

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Mugabe and the White African

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 90 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson

Documentary about Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's aggressive land reform programme and the effect it has had on white-owned farms and their inhabitants. The film follows the brave fight of farmer Michael Campbell to hold on to his farm and live peacefully.

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1. Christian Allard14 Aug 2010, 8:23am Report

Screening of "Mugabe and the White African" is more than just about a "farming" family in Zimbabwe.

I doubt very much if Scottish viewers would still sympathise with this family, Mike Campbell and his son-in-law, Ben Freeth after watching them online.
Mike Campbell and Ben Freeth show their true colours in their own series on youtube particularly the "interview" of Mike Campbell where he tells it like he sees it "if they want to eat they need to have white farmers" (Zimbabwe White farmers Pt 4&5)

The land was grabbed by Mike Campbell, a South African army captain, who came to Zimbabwe from South Africa in 1974, in the middle of the guerrilla war against the black majority, just four years before the infamous white supremacist Ian Smith unilaterally yielded to international pressure to end white minority rule. Original Rhodesian white farmers have now all left or have complied with the land reform, Mike Campbell made it clear that he won't leave peacefully:
"If anybody comes to take my farm away it is over my dead body"…"A part from me going into a coffin, a lot of you are going to go into a coffin as well" (Zimbabwe White farmers Pt 4&5).

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