Camilla Nielsson (DK, 2014)

Democrats (Camilla Nielsson, DK, 2014)
Foto: Henrik Bohn Ipsen

Over the course of more than three years director Camilla Nielsson has been up close in the inner circles of politics in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. With the process of creating Zimbabwe's new constitution as the film's narrative backbone, DEMOCRATS tells the unique story of the political elite in Zimbabwe fighting the battle over the founding principles defining the country's possible future.


Basic information

Danish titleDemocrats
ScreenplayCamilla Nielsson
Director of PhotographyHenrik Bohn Ipsen
Danish festival release2014-11-13
Online release2015-08-24
Production countryDenmark
Duration99 min.
Production companyUpfront Films ApS
Co-producer ITVS
In collaboration with DR Sales
International saleDR International Sales / DR Byen / Emil Holms Kanal 20 / DK-0999 København C / t +45 3520 3040 / f +45 3520 3969 / /
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Additional information

Danish ratingAllowed for children over the age of 15

Full credits

Camilla NielssonDirection
Camilla NielssonScreenplay
Peter TygesenResearch
Peter TygesenConcept
Russell L. DeesTranslation
Sally Jo FiferExecutive producer
Nick FraserExecutive producer
Mette Hoffmann MeyerExecutive producer
Signe TillischProduction manager
Monica HellströmProduction
Anders Vadgaard ChristensenPost-production supervisor
Mikkel SangstadTechnical support
Martin Munck SchmidtTechnical support
Thomas IrvingTechnical support
Henrik Bohn IpsenCinematographer
Sophie WinqvistAdditional photography
Niels Pagh AndersenEditing supervisor
Janus Billeskov JansenEditing supervisor
Molly Malene StensgaardEditing supervisor
Gustav RasmussenOrchestration
Oleg KondratenkoConductor
Giorgi HristovskiMusical recording
Thomas JægerSound design
Thomas JægerSound mixer
Camilla NielssonRecording engineer
Kristoffer SaltingDialogue mixer
Brian DyrbyDialogue mixer
Kim Dong-HanSound effects
Bo Asdal AndersenSound effects
Visual effects
Maria KlarlundColorgrading
Emil ThorbjørnssonGraphic design
Paul MangwanaAppearance
Douglas MwonzoraAppearance
Robert MugabeAppearance
Alex BellRadio speaker
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Best Documentary Award:
Camilla Nielsson
2015 New York Tribeca Film Festival 2015
The Jury Pricze for Best ConScience Film 2015 Leuven, Docville 2015
Best Director 2015 Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015
Freedom Award 2015 Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2015
Grand Prix International du Documentaire 2015 Ouagadougo, Festival Ciné Droit Libre 2015
Human Rights Award 2015 Dokufest Prizren 2015
Special Mention 2015 Durban International Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2015
Audience Award 2015 Budapest Documentary Film Festival 2015
Honorable Mention 2015 Bergen International Film festival 2015
Best International Documentary 2015 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2015
Best Director 2015 Harare, Zimbabwe Int. Film Festival 2015
Nomination. Best Feature Documentary 2015 Danmarks Film Akademi 2015
Documentary Film Prize of the Lübeck Unions 2015 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2015
Special Jury Mention 2014 CPH:DOX 2014
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Guadalupe Human Rights Film Festival 07-10-2016
Canberra, Stronger Than Fiction 28-07-2016
Montreal, Cinéma sous les Etoiles 29-06-2016
Montreal, Le Cinéma sous les étoiles 29-06-2016
Cevennes International Documentary Film Festival 29-04-2016
Colorado, ACT Human Rights Film Festival 15-04-2016
Paris Human Rights Film Festival 05-04-2016
Botswana 9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival 30-03-2016
Kiev, Docudays UA International Human Rights Film Festival 25-03-2016
Paris, Festival L'Europe autour de l'Europe 16-03-2016
Cambridge, DocYard 07-03-2016
ZagrebDox 21-02-2016
Tromsø International Film Festival 18-01-2016
Cinema Eye Honors 10-01-2016
Berlin European Film Academy Awards 12-12-2015
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 26-11-2015
Nairobi Film Festival 16-11-2015
Montreal, Rencontres Int. du Documentaire 12-11-2015
Lagos, Africa International Film Festival 08-11-2015
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 04-11-2015
London, Film Africa 30-10-2015
Lusaka EU FF 30-10-2015
Ottawa, One World Film Festival 24-10-2015
Bruxelles, Festival des libertes 22-10-2015
Vilnius, One World Film Festival 15-10-2015
Riga, Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries 13-10-2015
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 09-10-2015
Hamptons Film Festival 08-10-2015
Harare, Zimbabwe Int. Film Festival 03-10-2015
Guth Gafa 02-10-2015
Reykjavik Film Festival 24-09-2015
Zürich Film Festival 24-09-2015
Budapest Documentary Film Festival 23-09-2015
Bergen International Film festival 23-09-2015
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 18-09-2015
Camden Int. Film Festival 17-09-2015
Edinburgh, Take One Action Film Festival 16-09-2015
Guyana, Human Rights Film Festival 01-09-2015
Uhuru Productions Cape Town, Tri Continental Film Festival 19-08-2015
Dokufest Prizren 08-08-2015
Melbourne Film Festival 30-07-2015
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 16-07-2015
Durban International Film Festival 16-07-2015
Ouagadougo, Festival Ciné Droit Libre 28-06-2015
Addis International Film Festival 12-06-2015
Sheffield Doc/Fest 05-06-2015
Bologna, Biografilm 05-06-2015
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 04-06-2015
Sydney Film Festival 03-06-2015
Docsbarcelona 25-05-2015
Warszawa, Against Gravity 09-05-2015
München Documentary Festival 07-05-2015
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 06-05-2015
Leuven, Docville 01-05-2015
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 23-04-2015
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 23-04-2015
New York Tribeca Film Festival 15-04-2015
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 20-03-2015
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 18-03-2015
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 05-03-2015
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 02-03-2015
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 02-03-2015
Oslo, Human Rights - Human Wrongs 10-02-2015
Danmarks Film Akademi 01-02-2015
Belgrade, Fest. of European Feature Doc. 30-01-2015
Göteborg International Film Festival 23-01-2015
Amsterdam, IDFA 19-11-2014
CPH:DOX 06-11-2014
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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Democrats. Portrait of Director Camilla Nielsson Photo: Portrait of Director Camilla Nielsson
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Democrats. Portrait of Producer Henrik Veileborg Photo: Portrait of Producer Henrik Veileborg. Photo by Steen Moller Rasmussen
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Democrats. Still 3. Mangwana Photo: Democrats. Still 3. Mangwana
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Democrats. Still 4. Mwonzora Photo: Democrats. Still 4. Mwonzora
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Democrats. Still 5. Mwonzora-Urban Photo: Democrats. Still 5. Mwonzora-Urban
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