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Mphandhlana Shongwe in Without the King

Without the King

2007 NR

In this provocative documentary about Swaziland's ruling family -- the last absolute monarchy on the African continent -- King Mswati III faces myriad challenges as he governs a troubled, poverty- and AIDS-stricken country where the average life expectancy is 31 years. The film contrasts the royal family's lavish lifestyle with the meager existence of most of Swaziland's people, whose discontent has created the seeds of a revolutionary movement.