N THEATERS DECEMBER 17 – Sundance award-winning Documentary ‘PRESIDENT’ EP’s Thandiwe Newton, Danny Glover-CAMILLA NIELSSON‘S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED FILM ON THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY IN ZIMBABWE
IN THEATERS STARTING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17
SUNDANCE 2021 AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY
CAMILLA NIELSSON‘S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED FILM ON THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY IN ZIMBABWE
Executive Produced by Thandiwe Newton and Danny Glover
“The way this film confronts the fragility of democracy and the ever-looming possibility of violence hit home for this American viewer in a way that was both harrowing and humbling.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Riveting. Nielsson’s galvanizing, epic-scale docuthriller…”
“Rather like Frederick Wiseman, Nielsson has a knack for excavating savage drama from administrative process and politesse…Filmed with astonishing in-the-moment access.”
– Guy Lodge, Variety
“A thrilling, enraging film, and its intimate access…is extraordinary.”
– Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
“A devastating, heartened report of democracy in peril against a dictator.”
– Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com
“A remarkable story of bravery and determination against daunting odds in Zimbabwe’s first “free and fair” elections…Chilling.”
– Finnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
Sundance Film Festival 2021
Winner – Special Jury Award for Cinema Verité Filmmaking
Docville International Documentary Film Festival 2021 (Leuven)
Winner – Jury Prize in the ConScience Competition
Encounters International Documentary Film Festival 2021 (Johannesburg)
Winner – Best International Feature Documentary
É Tudo Verdade Festival Internacional De Documentários 2021 (São Paulo)
Winner – Best Documentary in the International Competition
Official Selection – AFI Docs 2021, CPH: DOX 2021, DOK.fest München 2021
________Greenwich Entertainment will release the award-winning documentary President by director Camilla Nielsson (Democrats) in theaters starting Friday, December 17 at Film Forum in New York City. The film is an awards-contender for best documentary feature.
Produced by Danish company Final Cut for Real and US-based Louverture Films, in co-production with Norway-based Sant & Usant, the acclaimed feature documentary premiered to glowing reviews, with Variety giving it a rave as a “galvanizing, epic-scale docuthriller”. Nielsson won a Special Jury Award for Verité Filmmaking at Sundance.
When Robert Mugabe was removed from power, Zimbabwe military leaders promised they would not seize control for themselves but would ensure democracy in a national election. Against a backdrop of economic crisis, food shortages, and political violence, the stakes could not be higher. Working to defeat the ruling party, which has controlled Zimbabwe since independence, is the young and charismatic Nelson Chamisa, who draws comparisons to a young Nelson Mandela in expressing the country’s utmost desire to be “led” and not “ruled”. After decades of a corrupt group clinging to power using any tool available—legal or not—can a free, fair, and transparent election be truly possible? As the follow-up to her widely acclaimed Democrats, Camilla Nielsson brings viewers into the heart of the struggle for power with stunningly close access and unhesitating courage, in a nation closely monitored by the entire world. President is a riveting and epic reminder that, while individuals and their specific ideals may differ, the fight for democracy is never-ending and of profound significance everywhere.
“A film like President is only possible when many, many people in front of and behind the camera agree to collaborate on all levels,” said director Camila Nielsson. “I think you can see clearly from the film, the intense and dangerous challenges that were presented in a situation where transparency and accountability are suppressed by those seeking to maintain an unjust status quo. The Zimbabwean crew members cannot be named in the credits for security concerns right now, but it is our shared goal to situate the people in the film in an ethical relationship with the people viewing it. We’re really excited that Greenwich will be bringing the film to theatres in the US, bringing people together to share and reflect on the lived experience of others working so hard for the establishment of strong democratic institutions, while some Americans are currently attempting to break their own.”
President was produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen (Flee, The Act of Killing) and Joslyn Barnes (Gunda, Hale County This Morning, This Evening) with executive producers Thandiwe Newton, Danny Glover, Susan Rockefeller and Tone Grøttjord, and co-producers Anne Köhncke and Anita Rehoff Larsen.
We would like to thank Adam J. Segal • The 2050 Group for the press release.
ABOUT GREENWICH ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in 2017, Greenwich Entertainment is an independent film distribution company specializing in distinctive, theatrical-quality narrative and documentary features. In 2018, Greenwich handled the record setting theatrical release of Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi’s Academy Award-Winning Documentary Free Solo, which grossed over $17M at the North American box office. In 2019, Greenwich released two of top the documentary hits of the year with Andrew Slater’s Echo in the Canyon ($3.3M) and Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice ($4M) from Oscar winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Recent narrative releases include Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy and Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights with Emily starring Molly Shannon. Greenwich is led by an experienced management team that has overseen more than 150 theatrical releases generating over $100 million at the US box office and garnering 8 Oscar Nominations. More info at: www.GreenwichEntertainment.com