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The government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Camilla Nielsson’s documentary, which examines evidence of voting fraud during Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections, has the “potential to incite violence.”

The government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa of  Zimbabwe has banned Camilla Nielsson’s  award-winning political documentary  President, saying the movie, which details alleged election fraud and violence during Zimbabwe’s 2018 presidential elections, has the “potential to incite violence.”

Nielsson’s documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award. The film is set to have its on-demand premiere in the U.S. on POV on Monday.

Calling the ban “a devastating blow to freedom of the press in Zimbabwe” the filmmakers filed a legal challenge to the decision with Zimbabwe’s constitutional court but, they reported Monday, it was rejected. In a statement, the filmmakers cited the Zimbabwe Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Censorship and Entertainment Control Unit, which said that the content of President “is likely to be contrary to public order” and has the “potential to incite violence as the country is now preparing to go for elections in 2023.” The filmmakers have appealed the ruling to Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court.

From The Hollywood Reporter

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