The God-fearing Campbell family have been farming their slice of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe since 1974. Then Mugabe came to power and invoked his land reforms, forcing white farmers off their properties, often with the use of intimidation and violence. This superb documentary focuses on Mike Cambell and his son-in-law Ben’s brave fight to remain on the land they spent 20 years paying for. With its pitched notions of colonialism versus inverted racism, this fine, opinion-dividing film engages a see-saw of emotions. Thought-provoking, distressing, shockingly tense and always very sad, it is surely one of the best documentaries of the year.
Friday August 7 2009
Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson