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February 11, 2009
Chronicling daily life in Zimbabwe under Mugabe

Today, President Robert Mugabe swore in longtime opponent Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister. While campaigning in 2007, Tsvangirai was beaten and jailed by security forces. He received the most votes in last fall’s presidential election — an outcome ignored by Mugabe.

The two men are supposed to share power in a new unity government that is facing the world’s highest inflation rate, hunger and a cholera epidemic that has killed 3,400 people.

Wide Angle’s web-exclusive documentary series Focal Point goes undercover with independent journalist and native Zimbabwean Robyn Kriel. Underground Zimbabwe chronicles life in Zimbabwe under Mugabe.

In the video Zimbabwe’s Life Lines, Kriel takes cameras inside empty stores and speaks with people who are trying to make a living in Zimbabwe’s thriving black market. The footage was shot a year ago and the situation has worsened significantly since.

In the video Demonstrating Under Dictatorship, Kriel also follows the non-violent street protests of the 35,000-member activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA).

For more on the crises in Zimbabwe, visit Wide Angle’s Underground Zimbabwe.

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