Hollywood to Premiere Mugabe coup movie and the rise of Chamisa

Greenwich Entertainment is set to release the award-winning documentary President by director Camilla Nielsson (Democrats) and executive producers Thandiwe Newton and Danny Glover. President will hit theaters starting Friday, December 17 at Film Forum in New York City Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles.

When Robert Mugabe was removed from power, Zimbabwe military leaders promised they would not seize control for themselves but would ensure democracy in a national election. Against a backdrop of economic crisis, food shortages, and political violence, the stakes could not be higher. Working to defeat the ruling party, which has controlled Zimbabwe since independence, is the young and charismatic Nelson Chamisa, who draws comparisons to a young Nelson Mandela in expressing the country’s utmost desire to be “led” and not “ruled”. After decades of a corrupt group clinging to power using any tool available—legal or not—can a free, fair, and transparent election be truly possible?

As the follow-up to her widely acclaimed Democrats, Camilla Nielsson brings viewers into the heart of the struggle for power with stunningly close access and unhesitating courage, in a nation closely monitored by the entire world. President is a riveting and epic reminder that, while individuals and their specific ideals may differ, the fight for democracy is never-ending and of profound significance everywhere. Nielsson has already earned the Special Jury Award for Verité Filmmaking at Sundance for her work on the film.

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