Zimbabwe, 1980s. The war is over, independence has been won and Robert Mugabe has come to power offering hope, land and freedom to black Africans. It is the start of a promising new era. For Robert Jacklin, it's all new: new continent, new country, and new school. And very quickly he learns that for some of his classmates, the sound of guns is still loud, and their battles rage on...
Although this is basically a good plot, it does behove an author who is writing a fictional tale based on recent historical events to respect basic facts & truths. Mr Wallace fails on many counts to do this.......to give but one example, there are numerous references made to the British Embassy & the British Ambassador in Zimbabwe in the early 1980's when in fact there existed only a British High Commission (& a High Commissioner) in Harare at that time which was well before Zimbabwe was ejected from the Commonwealth.
Ben Onukwe's portrayal of a white Zimbabwean accent is diabolically inaccurate and his attempt to make all Rhodesian / white Zimbabwean youths sound like RLI Troopies or Vrystaat rugby fans is offensive & insulting to anybody who was fortunate enough to live & receive a private education there in & around that era. Similarly, his frequent mispronunciation of place names and colloquial expressions shows that little research was done before this production was embarked upon.
All in all, a poor effort....I had expected & hoped for better!
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