FULLY BOOKED: Preview Screening: Robert Mugabe… What Happened?

Screening February 20, 2012 7:00 PM

In 1980 when Zimbabwe became one of the last African countries to win independence, smart and charming Robert Mugabe seemed poised to lead the country through a smooth transition from white minority rule.

He impressed leaders and people around the world with his intelligence, articulate speeches, and was deemed one of the great African leaders.  

For the first 15 years the country enjoyed growing prospertity. 

Fast forward to 2012. Mugabe is a controversial figure known for his ruthless response to any oppositon and there is little trace of the leader that brought hope to an entire country and region. 

Director Simon Bright takes us on a journey through Mugabe’s difficult childhood, his role in opposing the white-minority rule goverment of Ian Smith and his imprisonment for 10 years before his rise to power. The film asks why Mugabe is so reluctant to leave power and sets out to piece together the answer to the question…"what happened?"


Director: Simon Bright

Producer: Michael Auret

Year: 2011

Length: 84′