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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

African Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various African countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 15 programs (15 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Zimbabwe: Land of Revolution

Zimbabwe: Land of Revolution

"Highly Recommended. This timely program explores the deplorable state of society in one of Africa's poorest countries. It utilizes a great deal of on-the-spot video coverage of both political and physical battles between the two forces as well as in-depth interviews with the President and the opposition leaders." -School Library Journal
"Recommended. Under the leadership of its long time President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe has become a destitute and repressive dictatorship. This program examines the conditions in Zimbabwe today, the causes of its current troubles, and the people's attempts to end Mugabe's rule. The body of the program is made up of short interviews with those most affected by Zimbabwe's current political and economic situation, his supporters, his former supporters, who have now turned against him, and even the President himself. These are tied together with an informative voice-over narration, and are frequently punctuated by scenes of protest and political repression." -EMRO Review
Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe, imposed a land reform policy allowing war veterans to seize land from wealthy white farmers. Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), claims that the corruption in the government is a direct result of the leader, and regularly calls for Mugabe's arrest. The movement has support from blacks and whites, as many voice their readiness for a change. Black MDC supporters don't want to lose their jobs if the white-owned farms are seized. But with one white farm owner still expecting to earn $1 million this year from his tobacco crop despite threats while paying his workers $50 a month, it is difficult to tell where corruption is worse. Graphic protests and violence in the streets, plus interviews with party leaders and supporters make this an insightful look at Zimbabwe's current troubles. Produced by ABC Australia. 04/08DE JSCA 20 min.
Also See: Leopards - Kill of a Lifetime (Zimbabwe); Africa 2: Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls; Adventure 4: Zimbabwe

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