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Dubai Special Mention Goes To 'Comrade President' (On Mozambican President Samora Machel)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 17, 2012 at 11:40AM

Congrats to Zimbabwean director Mosco Kamwendo's feature documentary, Comrade President, which won the Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary Special Mention award at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival, which ended just last night.
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Samora Moisés Machel
Samora Moisés Machel

Congrats to Zimbabwean director Mosco Kamwendo's feature documentary, Comrade President, which won the Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary Special Mention award at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival, which ended just last night.

Kamwendo's film is described as an insightful and revealing documentary about Mozambican president Samora Moises Machel, who was killed in a controversial plane crash in the then apartheid South Africa.

The film is a reflection on the struggle for independence in Mozambique and the post-independent leadership challenges that followed - a story that's so similar to just about every other once-colonized African country.

To make a comparison, you could call him the Patrice Lumumba of Mozambique - both public figures in their native countries, fighting for independence and freedom from the European nations that ruled over them; both whose deaths were and still are the shrouded in controversy, with ongoing debates as to who and/or what was responsible for each.

No word yet on where Kamwendo's doc will screen next; but now that I'm aware of it, I'll keep you updated as it travels. And hopefully we'll get to chat with the filmmaker eventually, and be further enlightened on the subject of the film, as well as the making of the film itself.

As an aside, if a scripted film is made on the life of Machel, I vote for David Oyelowo to play him, because there's definitely a resemblance there.

Here's a teaser trailer:

This article is related to: Mosco Kamwendo


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