Mugabe: Villain or Hero?

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Film runs Wed, May 7 through Sun, May 11.

Mugabe: Villain or Hero?
Roy Agyemang, 2012
UK/Zimbabwe | 116 minutes

To most in the West, the title question of Roy Agyemang’s provocative documentary hardly needs to be asked. Accused of inept leadership and human-rights abuses, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country since its independence from Great Britain in 1980 and was sworn in for a new five-year term just last summer, is also known for being the first African leader to seize white-controlled farms and redistribute them to the local population. British-born of Ghanaian parents, Agyemang set out to gain a fresh perspective on Mugabe by exploring the reality behind the headlines. And what was supposed to be a three-month project became a three-year all-access journey with Mugabe and his inner circle that reveals a charismatic, complicated man ruling a country at the intersection of international economics and postcolonial fallout. This personal film also raises wider serious issues about the relationship between African leaders and the West in the fight for the continent’s minerals and land.

Series: New York African Film Festival 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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