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AFP: "Darwin's Nightmare" haunts Tanzania

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire August 21, 2006 at 9:58AM

Two years after its release, the acclaimed documentary "Darwin's Nightmare" has jolted Tanzania, where officials are protesting its claim of government complicity in unrest in Africa's volatile Great Lakes region. Amid charges that locals involved in the production have been subjected to harassment and threats, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has denounced the movie and parliament is demanding a formal apology from the filmmaker. The east African nation says producer and director Hubert Sauper has unfairly disparaged it by claiming that Tanzania is a transit point for weapons that have fuelled a plethora of bloody civil wars in neighboring countries. John Kulekana reports.
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Two years after its release, the acclaimed documentary "Darwin's Nightmare" has jolted Tanzania, where officials are protesting its claim of government complicity in unrest in Africa's volatile Great Lakes region. Amid charges that locals involved in the production have been subjected to harassment and threats, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has denounced the movie and parliament is demanding a formal apology from the filmmaker. The east African nation says producer and director Hubert Sauper has unfairly disparaged it by claiming that Tanzania is a transit point for weapons that have fuelled a plethora of bloody civil wars in neighboring countries. John Kulekana reports.