THE Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) is set to make a return to Bulawayo after a four-year absence with the organisers, Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust (ZIFFT), showing selected local and international films in the city from December 19 to 22.
In an interview with Southern Eye Lifestyle, ZIFFT executive director Nigel Munyati said his organisation’s aim is to spread the festival countrywide.
“ZIFFT wants to spread the festival across the country to ensure that the trust fulfils its mandate to spread the celebration of the art of film to as many parts of Zimbabwe as is possible so that it does not become a preserve of Harare,” Munyati said.
The four-day festival would be a fiesta of film and workshops at venues such as the Jason Moyo Street open air street cinema, Salukazi Arts Centre in Njube, Cowdray Park, Sekusile Hall in Nkulumane and Stanley Square in Makokoba.
The shows would be held in partnership with Ibumba International Festival.
The selected films on show include Camarada Presidente by Mosco Kamwendo. This is a biopic on the life of the late president of Mozambique Samora Machel. Former Mozambican First Lady Graça Machel attended the Harare screening of Camarada Presidente with her daughter Josina.
The New World from the Netherlands, whose lead actors are Burkinabé Issaka Sawadogo and Dutch national Bianca Krijgsman, won an Emmy Award (2014) for best actress performance.
Other films include the popular Kenyan film, Nairobi Half Life; Sodiq, a documentary about a young Nigerian-British teenager facing a murder charge in the United Kingdom, Miners Shot Down, a documentary about the Marikana massacre in South Africa; Chrissy and Hush, edutainment films for teens and young adults from Barbados and Adventures of Zambezia, and Stone Cars, animation films from South Africa and the United States.
The film festival has already been held in Chitungwiza, Norton, Gweru and Masvingo.