A Zimbabwean Chronicle – Film & Reading with Tsitsi Dangarembga

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal, Berlin, Germany
04 Feb 2015

A Zimbabwean Chronicle – Film & Reading with Tsitsi Dangarembga

An internationally acclaimed writer, film director and activist, Tsitsi Dangarembga will share her insightful chronicle of contemporary Zimbabwe from a decidedly feminist perspective.

After screening her current short film “Sharing Day” (17 min.), a musical short film about Mainini, a rural woman whose burden of taking care of AIDS orphan Tabitha eventually gets shared in the community, Dangarembga will read selected passages from her book “A Family Portrait” from the Breaking the Silence project, 2014, ICAPA publishing as well as from her forthcoming and still unpublished novel “Chronicle of an Indomitable Daughter” (final in the Tambudzai Trilogy). Introducing and contextualizing each element, the evening will give seldom insights into aspects of the current situation in Zimbabwe from a writerly, not only a gender perspective.

produced by Nyerai Films
directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Short Drama, 17 min, Beta SP – video/ DVD
Shona with Subtitles in English

“Sensitively directed, beautifully filmed and edited and superbly acted by excellent Zimbabwean actors and actresses, it was moving with well-balanced moments of both tragedy and humor.” THE STANDARD, 20 Sept 2008

Tsitsi Dangarembga is an internationally acclaimed and multi-awards winning Zimbabwean writer, film director and activist. Dangarembga graduated from the University of Zimbabwe in Psychology in 1984 and from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin in Filmmaking in 1996 and now lives in Harare, where she directs the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA) Trust, which she founded in 2009. She has lectured and taught in many literature and film departments and institutions across the globe while continuing to write, make films and socially engage against gender violence in her country. Her 1989 novel « Nervous Conditions » was recently named as one of the Best Twelve African Books of the 20th Century. “Nervous Condition” is the first part of the “Tambudzai Trilogy” which she is currently drawing to a close with her still unpublished new novel “Chronicle of an Indomitable Daughter”. Dangarembga today divides her time between directing ICAPA Trust, supervising Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ) and the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF), writing, running her production house Nyerai Films, and numerous speaking engagements worldwide.


04.02.2015, 19:00
entrance free
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal
Unten den Linden 6
10117 Berlin