Camilla Nielsson, Denmark, 2021

115 min.DK/Documentary

Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. The new leader of the opposition party, MDC, Nelson Chamisa, is challenging the old guard, ZANU-PF, represented by the acting president Emmerson Mnangagwa, also known as ‘the crocodile’. The election will be the ultimate test for both the ruling party and for the opposition. How will they interpret the principles of democracy in a post-Mugabe era – in discourse and in practice?
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title President
Danish title Præsidentvalget - kampen for demokrati i Zimbabwe
Keywords Zimbabwe, Domestic policy, Presidential Elections, Election, Election campaign, Voting, Demonstrations, Election fraud, Coup, 2010-2019
Director Camilla Nielsson
Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen, Joslyn Barnes
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor Jeppe Bødskov
Sound Håkon Lammetun
Composer Jonas Bjerre
Appearance Nelson Chamisa, Thabani Mpofu, Nkululeko Sibanda
Production country Denmark, Norway
International sales Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky Production Ltd.
Online release 23.08.2022, Filmcentralen
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
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Production company Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production Louverture Films, Sant & Usant, BBC Storyville, ZDF/ARTE
With support from Creative Europe, Det Danske Filminstitut, Norsk Filminstitutt, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, International Media Support, Danida, Fritt Ord, Bertha Foundation, Sundance Foundation, Open Society Foundations
In collaboration with DR, VPRO - Television, SVT, NRK, ERR, Cinephil, Submarine


Direction Camilla Nielsson


Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Producer Joslyn Barnes
Executive producer Thandie Newton
Executive producer Susan Rockefeller
Executive producer Sabine Bubeck-Paaz
Executive producer Danny Glover
Executive producer Mandy Chang
Executive producer Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
Co-producer Anne Köhncke
Co-producer Anita Rehoff Larsen
Associate producer Anonym
Associate producer Maria Kristensen
Post Producer Francesc Sitges-Sardà
Research Gail Behrmann


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen


Editor Jeppe Bødskov
Editing supervisor Niels Pagh Andersen
Editing supervisor Janus Billeskov Jansen


Composer Jonas Bjerre


Recording engineer Camilla Nielsson
Sound designer Håkon Lammetun
Sound mixer Thomas Jæger
Re-recording mixer Håkon Lammetun
Dialogue editor Matias Frøystad
Sound effect editor Yvonne Stenberg

Visual effects

Colorist Tom Chr. Lilletvedt
Consultant Anders V. Christensen
Graphic design Anders Huulgaard


Appearance Nelson Chamisa
Appearance Thabani Mpofu
Appearance Nkululeko Sibanda

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Special Jury Award 2021 DMZ South Korea 2021
Honorable Mention 2021 Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2021
Best International Documentary 2021 Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2021
The Jury Pricze for Best ConScience Film 2021 Leuven, Docville 2021
World Cinema Special Jury Award: Vérité Filmmaking 2021 Sundance Film Festival 2021

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2022-02-01
Sydney Film Festival 2021-11-03
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2021-11-03
Dokufest Prizren 2021-11-01
Bergen International Film festival 2021-10-20
Zürich Film Festival 2021-09-23
DMZ South Korea 2021-09-09
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2021-09-03
Melbourne Film Festival 2021-08-05
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2021-07-01
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2021-06-24
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2021-06-22
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2021-06-10
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2021-05-10
München Documentary Festival 2021-05-05
CPH:DOX 2021-04-21
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2021-04-08
Leuven, Docville 2021-03-24
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2021-03-19
Sundance Film Festival 2021-01-28
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