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 Festivals & awards
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
Production company Upfront Films ApS
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 Upfront Films ApS
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 H. Tygesen
Story Peter H. 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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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Documentary Film Prize of the Lübeck Unions 2015 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2015
Honorable Mention 2015 Bergen International Film festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2015
Human Rights Award 2015 Dokufest Prizren 2015
Freedom Award 2015 Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2015
The Jury Pricze for Best ConScience Film 2015 Leuven, Docville 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 New York Tribeca Film Festival 2015
Best Director 2015 Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015
Special Jury Mention 2014 CPH:DOX 2014

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
ZagrebDox 2016-02-21
Montreal, Rencontres Int. du Documentaire 2015-11-12
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2015-11-04
Hamptons Film Festival 2015-10-08
Zürich Film Festival 2015-09-24
Reykjavik Film Festival 2015-09-24
Bergen International Film festival 2015-09-23
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2015-09-18
Dokufest Prizren 2015-08-08
Melbourne Film Festival 2015-07-30
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2015-07-16
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015-06-05
Bologna, Biografilm 2015-06-05
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2015-06-04
Sydney Film Festival 2015-06-03
Docsbarcelona 2015-05-25
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015-05-09
München Documentary Festival 2015-05-07
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2015-05-06
Leuven, Docville 2015-05-01
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2015-04-23
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2015-04-23
New York Tribeca Film Festival 2015-04-15
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2015-03-20
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015-03-18
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015-03-02
Göteborg International Film Festival 2015-01-23
Amsterdam, IDFA 2014-11-19
CPH:DOX 2014-11-06
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