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'Democrats' Documentary Takes Us Inside Zimbabwe's Politics [Exclusive Clip]

Watch an exclusive clip from Democrats, a new documentary about Zimbabwean politics in the wake of Mugabe’s contentious 2008 presidential win

Paul Mangwana and Douglas Mwonzora, subjects of Camilla Nielsson’s 'Democrats'. Photo courtesy of Upfront Films.


Danish filmmaker Camilla Nielsson's Democrats takes viewers inside Zimbabwe’s political game, following two rival party cadres tasked with working together to write Zimbabwe’s first constitution.

Shot over the course of three years, the film begins in the wake of Robert Mugabe’s contentious 2008 presidential win—itself the focus of a documentary by British-Ghanaian filmmaker Roy Agyemang—when a power sharing deal led to Zimbabwe convening a bipartisan constitutional committee. To draft Zimbabwe’s first constitution, the committee appointed two men from rival political parties: there’s Paul Mangwana from Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party, and Douglas Mwonzora, a human rights lawyer from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. Nielsson followed the two opponents as their deadline to deliver a draft for a new constitution approached.

"DEMOCRATS is about two men who, after 30 years with one of the world's most autocratic dictators President Robert Mugabe in power, try to establish a democracy from the ground up–all while anti-democratic forces still have control of the country," Nielsson says in a Director's Statement. "It is the story of a relationship, of two men who have been sent out on an impossible."

In April, the film picked up the award for Best Documentary at Tribeca. Tonight, Democrats will have its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York City’s Film Forum, where it will screen for the next two weeks.

In the lead-up to tonight’s opening, we’re excited to share an exclusive clip from the film. In it, we see Mangwana and Mwonzora as they prepare for a press conference.

'Democrats' begins a two-week engagement at New York City’s Film Forum (209 W. Houston Street) tonight. The film will screen daily at 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10 and 9:20 through December 1. 

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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