Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. In the first election since the removal of Robert Mugabe, the new leader of the opposition Nelson Chamisa is challenging the dictator’s corrupt legacy, and his successor Emmerson ‘the crocodile’ Mnangagwa. The election will be the ultimate test for both sides. How they interpret the principles of democracy, if they can inspire trust among the citizenry, not succumb to violence, and foster faith in institutions, will set the course for the future for the country. President is a riveting and epic reminder that, while specifics may differ, the fight for democracy is of universal relevance.
From 1997 to 2000, Camilla Nielsson was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a member of the anthropology department, focusing on documentary filmmaking and visual anthropology. She directed Good Morning Afghanistan (2003), Durga (2004), Children of Darfur (2005),and Mumbai Disconnected (2009). Her feature documentary Democrats (2014) won 20 awards and nominations, including Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Produced by: Signe Byrge, Final Cut for Real, Joslyn Barnes, Louverture Films
Executive Producers: Susan Rockefeller, Danny Glover, Tone Grottjord-Glenne
CoProducers: Anne Kohncke, Anita Rehoff Larsen
In Co-production with ZDF Arte, BBC
With the support of DFI, NFI, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Creative Europe, Danida, Fritt Ord, Sundance Documentary Program, IDA, Bertha Fund, International Media Support
In Collaboration with DR, VPRO, SVT, NRK, ERR
128′ I Shona, English I Denmark 2021