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An African Election [DVD]

Jarreth Merz    Exempt   DVD
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  • Directors: Jarreth Merz
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0065ZG8Q4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,168 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win.

Director Jarreth Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider s view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana. He builds suspense by taking the viewer down the back roads of the nation to capture each unexpected twist and turn in a contest that is always exciting and never predictable. Throughout the film, Merz depicts the pride and humanity of the larger-than-life politicians, party operatives and citizens who battle for the soul of their country.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win. Director Jarreth Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider's view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana. He builds suspense by taking the viewer down the back roads of the nation to capture each unexpected twist and turn in a contest that is always exciting and never predictable. Throughout the film, Merz depicts the pride and humanity of the larger-than-life politicians, party operatives and citizens who battle for the soul of their country. ...An African Election

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By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Do you think having our MPs voting in secret in Parliament would be good for democracy? Despite the diversity of Amazon website visitors, I’m pretty confident you’d find the idea that having MPs vote in secret on legislation might be good for democracy as absurd. Unless that is, you are an older person with links to Italy – where having MPs vote in secret used to be a key part of its post-Second World War democracy and the attempt to ensure fascism couldn’t rise again.

For post-war Italy, the danger at the front of people’s minds was that of MPs once again being intimidated into back despotism, and secret voting was part of the cure.

Italy has since abandoned such secret voting, but it remains a good example of how the historical legacy loaded into the political systems of different countries results in very different, even contradictory, administrative solutions even when countries share the same aims for their political systems.

I was reminded of this watching the brilliant documentary film, An African Election, which covers the 2008 Ghana Presidential election. Much of the drama in this engrossing film comes from fears of electoral fraud. (As you watch it, note that the as fears of fraud grow, there is less and less sun around and more and more night time. A clever piece of editing rather than a dramatic change in the length of the days.)

The methods taken to protect against fraud in Ghana are often the complete opposite of those taken back when fraud was a much more widespread danger in British elections in the 19th century.

Then in Britain the emphasis was on getting all the votes to one safe, central location so that they could be counted securely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghana 2 July 2013
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I enjoyed this film of the 2008 Ghanaian elections very much. The ex president Jerry John Rawlings who is featured in the film is my cousin and I particularily enjoyed sequences shot by a cameraman sitting in the passenger seat of JJ's vehicle where I had sat myself while being driven around Accra. The ex president's party won the election but he later became disenchanted by Professor Atta Mills and was critical of the latter's government. Atta Mills sadly died last year of cancer and I am out of touch momentarily. The film painted a vivid picture of democracy in action in this West African republic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 2 Feb 2013
By Jinty
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Used this with my Higher Modern Studies class. They loved it. As well as watching democracy in progress it gave them a less stereotypical view of Africa than they had started the year with.
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