Michael Campbell

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The trailer for Mugabe and the which will play at the 2010 San Francisco Film Festival. Michael Campbell, the white African of the title, charges President Robert Mugabe with a racist land reform policy and takes him to court. Once the largest mango producer in Zimbabwe, Campbell one of a dwindling number of white farmers takes this bold, unprecedented step in an attempt to keep his farm from distribution to government ministers and cronies. Says codirector Lucy Bailey, It s an intimate story of a family, but through their case you get the bigger picture of what is going on inside Zimbabwe. The seasoned documentary team makes the most of that focus, putting the lives and convictions of the engaging Campbell and his English son-in-law, Ben Freeth, at the unabashed center of the film Freeth and Campbell even filmed critical scenes themselves with a tiny A1 camera. It s Freeth who poses the central question: If a white man can be American or Australian, why not African? Andrew Thompson s cinematography, shot with a large-format camera he smuggled into the country, conveys the lush vastness and visual beauty of Campbell s Mount Carmel farm and its black workers daily labor. Mugabe, a menacing shadow, is present only in news clips and voiceovers, while the musical score conveys a palpable sense of dread. Despite successive government stall tactics and a brutal attack on the family, the outcome of the case is uncertain until the end. Who will win? And what would that mean?

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Pilot Michael Campbell deployed inflatable pontoons on the chopper s skids to land the aircraft safely. NBC s Brian Williams reports.
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05:18 — The 2005 champion Michael Campbell on qualifying for the U.S. Open at Walton Heath, as others try to emulate him.

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