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An African Election (2011)



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The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win. Director Jarreth Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider's view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana. -- (C) Official Site

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

As we join throngs of excited citizens at a public vote-counting, their uninhibited zeal for the process only highlights the jaded cynicism that threatens to overwhelm our own.

November 29, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

What makes the film especially resonate now is the frustration with the status quo that is consistently voiced by the people on the street.

November 29, 2011

The tone is a tad condescending but it's fascinating to learn about the country's colonial past.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Paints a portrait of an engaged, energised electorate, thronging the rallies and queuing for 12 hours straight at the polling stations. It's a good foundation; something to build on.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Timely and balanced, this is a great insight into an otherwise closed process, but would it be more at home on TV?

November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Occasionally lacking in context but never less than intriguing, Jarreth Merz's polished film is a handy document to a rarely visited democracy.

November 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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