Mugabe and the White African - 2009 Documentary film - Part 2 of 3.
Mugabe and the White African is a 2009 documentary film. The film documents the lives of a white family who run a farm in Chegutu, communist occupied Rhodesia, as they challenge the land redistribution programme that began in 2000.
The film follows Michael Campbell and his family as he challenges Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean government before the Southern African Development Community tribunal for racial discrimination and human rights violations.
Synopsis: Michael Campbell is one of the few hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent "Land Reform" program in 2000. Since then the country has descended into chaos. In 2008 Mike took the unprecedented step of challenging Mugabe in an International Court, accusing him and his government of racial discrimination and violations of basic human rights. What follows is an intimate, moving and often terrifying account of one man and his family's extraordinary courage in the face of overwhelming injustice and brutality. Set against the tumultuous 2008 presidential elections, Mugabe and the White African follows Mike and son-in-law Ben Freeth's harrowing attempt to save their farm and with it the homes and livelihoods of 500 black workers and their families. Filmed over 12 months, a gripping courtroom drama unfolds while Mike, his family and the farm workers face the all too real threats of Mugabe's wrath on the farm. After months of frightening threats and a horrific attack, the Court's judges finally rule unanimously in Mike's and Ben's favor. They return to the farm. But will Mugabe and his henchmen abide the Courts decision?
Directors: Andrew Thompson, Lucy Bailey
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
Music Composed and Performed by Jonny Pilcher
Film Reseacher Daphne Mather