Camilla Nielsson, Denmark, 2014

99 min.DK/Documentary

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 Credits
Original title Democrats
Danish title Democrats
Keywords Democracy, Abuse of power, Mugabe, Robert, Political power, Political circumstances, Zimbabwe
Director Camilla Nielsson
Screenplay Camilla Nielsson
Producer Henrik Veileborg
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor Jeppe Bødskov
Sound Thomas Jæger
Composer Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Appearance Paul Mangwana, Douglas Mwonzora, Robert Mugabe
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language English,Shona
International sales DR International Sales
Danish festival release 13.11.2014, Grand, CPH:DOX
Online release 24.08.2015
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Upfront Films
Co-production ITVS
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, BBC, NHK, VPRO - Television, YLE, SVT, NRK, Danidas Oplysningsbevilling, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, European Partnership for Democracy
In collaboration with DR Sales


Direction Camilla Nielsson


Screenplay Camilla Nielsson
Research Peter Tygesen
Idea Peter Tygesen
Translation Anonymous
Translation Anonymous
Translation Anonymous
Translation Russell L. Dees


Producer Henrik Veileborg
Executive producer Sally Jo Fifer
Executive producer Nick Fraser
Executive producer Mette Hoffmann Meyer
Production manager Signe Tillisch
Production Monica Hellström
Production Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Post-production supervisor Anders Vadgaard Christensen
Technical support Mikkel Sangstad


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Sophie Winqvist


Stills Henrik Bohn Ipsen


Editor Jeppe Bødskov
Editing supervisor Niels Pagh Andersen
Editing supervisor Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editing supervisor Molly Malene Stensgaard


Composer Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Orchestration Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Orchestration Gustav Rasmussen
Conductor Oleg Kondratenko
Musical recording Giorgi Hristovski


Sound designer Thomas Jæger
Sound mixer Thomas Jæger
Recording engineer Camilla Nielsson
Dialogue mixer Kristoffer Salting
Dialogue mixer Brian Dyrby
Sound effects Kim Dong-Han
Sound effects Bo Asdal Andersen


Radio speaker Alex Bell

Visual effects

Colourist Anders Vadgaard Christensen
Colourist Maria Klarlund
Graphic design Emil Thorbjørnsson


Technical support Martin Munck Schmidt
Technical support Thomas Irving


Appearance Paul Mangwana
Appearance Douglas Mwonzora
Appearance Robert Mugabe

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