(55 minutes) France/Zimbabwe
Director: Michael Raeburn
Producer: Nezha Cohen
The director, Michael Raeburn, a Zimbabwean
who was expelled in 1970 by the colonial dictator Ian Smith for
his film Rhodesia Countdown, made personal documentary Zimbabwe
Countdown accusing the hero of his youth, Robert Mugabe, of
betraying the ideals of the liberation war, which he spearheaded.
Why does Mugabe use racist rhetoric against the British and Americans?
What will be the consequences for his anti-globalization stance?
While exposing Mugabe's Machiavellian tactics to preserve power,
the director explores what is really at stake in Zimbabwe. The director
has utilized connections with politicians both within the government
and against it and with writers, artists, and journalists to procure
rich insights into the crisis ravaging his country.
Michael Raeburn was born in Cairo where his
father was a British Imperial officer. The family moved in 1950
to Harare, Zimbabwe. In 1967, thanks to a fellowship from French
government he was able to leave Rhodesia and to graduate from University
of Aix-en-Provence with the PhD degree in cinema. In 1969, he made
Rhodesia Countdown advocating guerrilla war against the white
minority government of Ian Smith. As Smith attempted to forbid the
shooting, Michael had to flee the country through Zambia and completed
the editing in London. He would be under an order denying him to
stay until 1980, when the country was freed. It is only then that
Rhodesia Countdown was shown in the country now known as