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 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
Composer Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Appearance Nelson Chamisa, Thabani Mpofu, Nkululeko Sibanda
Production country Denmark, Norway
International sales Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky Production Ltd.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
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Production company
Executive Producer Final Cut for Real ApS
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR 2, Sundance Foundation


Direction Camilla Nielsson


Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Producer Joslyn Barnes
Co-producer Anne Köhncke
Co-producer Anita Rehoff Larsen


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen


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


Composer Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen

Visual effects

Colourist Tom Chr. Lilletvedt


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
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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