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Comrade President

Director Mosco Kamwendo scheduled to attend | June 6 & June 7

The life and suspicious death of Mozambique's revolutionary leader, Samora Moises Machel, is explored in this documentary, providing insight into the Mozambican fight for independence and subsequent political changes.

Schedule
June 6, 2013 8:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 7, 2013 3:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Samora Moises Machel was raised in a Mozambique hindered by Portuguese colonialism. Using his tremendous charisma, Machel rose in the fight for independence to become a psychologically resourceful leader and a daring military strategist. Once independence was won, Machel and his communist ideology find themselves leading the fledgling country. But Mozambique needs friendly neighbors and Machel's opposition to racist Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa lend external funding to a Mozambican Civil War. After supporting Rhodesia's shift to independent Zimbabwe, Machel turns toward South Africa to fight apartheid with expectation that his Russian friends will back him up, but the collapse of communism leaves him without an ideology. Still backed by the popular support of his people and his government, Machel ultimately finds that he is staring down the beast of South African apartheid alone. Comrade President features unbelievable access to world leaders from all sides of the political and personal life of Samora Machel including Graça Machel (Samora's widow who is now married to Nelson Mandela), Dr. Kenneth Kaunda (President of Zambia), and even Afonso Dhlakama (leader of the Civil War opposition). Director Mosco Kamwendo expertly lays out Machel's narrative in such a way that it illuminates why people across Africa are still inspired by him and endorses why the world should know more about his passionate politics.

Director Biography
Kamwendo is a Zimbabwean filmmaker who has been working on movies for over 25 years. He started JM Productions, one of the first black film production companies in Zimbabwe, directing and producing several documentaries under its label.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Director: Mosco Kamwendo
Principal Cast: Graça Machel, Kenneth Kaunda, Afonso Dhlakama
Premiere Status: North America
Country: Zimbabwe
Year: 2012
Running Time: 89 minutes
Producer: Jesesi Mungoshi, Marilia Angove, Mosco Kamwendo
Screenplay: Mosco Kamwendo
Cinematographers: Americo Matola
Editors: Justin Kennaugh
Music: John Hardy
Awards: Dubai Film Festival 2012 (Special Jury Award, Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary Special Mention)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English, Portuguese
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DigiBeta - PAL
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