9:30pm Monday, December 17 on TV One
At the age of eight, filmmaker Robyn Paterson greeted Comrade Robert Mugabe with flowers as he stepped from a plane at a Zimbabwe airforce base.
Pale skinned Robyn and her dark skinned best friend, Mercy, were poster children for the newly independent Zimbabwe. But only a few kilometres away, Mercy’s Matabele tribespeople were being massacred by Mugabe’s special forces.
A generation later, Robyn begins a high-risk ground search across Zimbabwe – desperate to know what has happened to her childhood friend. Along the way she faces the dangers of filming in a country hostile to media, the shock of what is still going on behind closed doors, and the stark differences that she and Mercy have come to symbolize.
A gripping, heart-wrenching, and very different look at the Mugabe era. This is a film that will make you laugh and cry – it’s Zimbabwe as you have never seen it before.