THE Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT) mourns the death of actress Pretty Xaba. We are profoundly saddened by her passing on December 6.
Pretty was an acclaimed all-rounder and utility player on film sets as she espoused the true virtues of a dedicated team player.
Many a time, she multi-tasked as wardrobe stylist and make-up artist, while still carrying the demanding responsibility of an actress.
All these roles she accomplished with aplomb and her many films testify to that effect. Her death is heavier to bear, considering her burning passion for all things acting — film, theatre and radio — often serving as a unionist and advocate for the well-being of her fellow professionals.
Undoubtedly, it is her film and TV work that made her a household name and we at ZIFFT are extremely grateful for the honour of having worked with her; tapping her unending reserves of love, dedication, camaraderie, expertise and professionalism.
Such attributes endeared Pretty, not only to the local film community, but to the continent in countries like Namibia and Nigeria where she worked on sets with major Hollywood production companies.
With a career spanning over two decades, she had accumulated such extensive experience in film that she was now at the ideal age to mentor the new generation of actresses.
As we mourn Pretty, we also celebrate the achievements we shared with her on a number of projects, including some amazing work in our Short Film Project productions, and supporting our initiatives to promote and inspire emerging local talent.
Go placidly, dear Pretty! You fought a brave fight; we salute you and promise to carry your legacy forward in all its splendour.
The Zimbabwean film community will forever be inspired by your spirit.
— FaraI Elton Mjanana, ZIFFT co-ordinator