PRESIDENT Feature Films In Person at AFI Silver


Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Camilla Nielson and subject Nkululeko Sibanda moderated by AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson.

Returning to Zimbabwe, where filmmaker Camilla Nielsson’s acclaimed 2014 documentary DEMOCRATS observed the drafting of a constitution, the country now faces another seemingly impossible bid for democracy. After a 38-year rule, dictator Robert Mugabe has been ousted, but his former party has already thrown their power behind a new candidate in the upcoming election, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa’s unlikely challenger is charismatic young upstart Nelson Chamisa who, running an anti-corruption campaign, has already gained popular support across the country. PRESIDENT is the tremendously harrowing account of Chamisa’s attempt to inspire trust and hope among the people, while simultaneously predicting the ruling party’s next brazen move to retain power. With renewed global relevance, Chamisa’s account serves as a solemn reminder to never take democracy for granted. –Malin Kan

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect with filmmakers and audience members, here.

Camilla Nielsson was a Fulbright Scholar at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and in the Department of Anthropology, where she studied documentary filmmaking and visual anthropology. Her first feature documentary DEMOCRATS (2014) has screened at more than 80 film festivals and won 20 awards and nominations.

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Countries: Denmark, USA, Norway

Year: 2021

Director: Camilla Nielsson

Producers: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Joslyn Barnes

Executive Producers: Susan Rockefeller, Danny Glover

Director of Photography: Henrik Bohn Ipsen

Editor: Jeppe Bødskov

Music: Jonas Colstrup

Running Time (minutes): 115

Languges: English, Shona, Subtitled