The Making of a President
In 2004, Malawi celebrates ten years of democracy with its third general elections held on the 20th of May. The elections, however, raise the question in how far the democratization process has reached this Southern African nation of 11 million people. While Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika from the ruling alliance is sworn into office, Malawians are on the streets protesting against the outcome of the elections, a rare event in one of the most peaceful countries on the continent. At least six people, including a ten year old girl, are reportedly killed by police officials. International observers conclude “serious anomalies” within the process.
The Brazilian reporter Mirella Domenich and the German filmmaker H.-Christian Goertz witness the electoral process from two months prior to election day until the inaugurational ceremony to produce “The Making of a President”. More than a record for posterity and a denouncement of human rights violation, this documentary features the success and the fiasco of the elections from an unbiased approach, with exclusive footage never seen before.
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