ZIFF 2009 the hub of ‘Reel Inclusion’

THE Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2009 has gathered momentum since it began on August 28 under the theme “Reel Inclusion”, and ends on September 6. According to the festival organisers the theme reflects how art can take its inspiration from the life around us.


“Reel Inclusion is a celebration of the current spirit of our nation, of coming together to share thoughts and ideas to forge a unified vision.”  
It is evident that an effort was made to spice up this year’s edition and increase interactivity. For the first time ZIFF will present the Old Mutual 8 Directors to Watch, a platform for Zimbabwe’s most promising film directors to be in the spotlight.
“We, together with our partners Old Mutual, have identified eight Zimbabwean filmmakers who we believe have done exceptional work in the industry,” festival co-ordinator Sharon Rusare said.  “With this event we hope to give them a boost.
The event will take place today at 2 Canterbury Road, Kensington, in Avondale between 6pm and 8pm. The directors include Yeukai Ndarimani, Rumbi Katedza, Nqobizitha Mlilo, Tawanda Gunda Mupengo and Mary Ann Mandishona.
This year’s edition also sees the coming in of the Bohlinger’s Hub — a place where people will be able to “meet and soak up the festival atmosphere.”
According to the festival organisers the concept of the Hub was introduced to help the different audiences of the festival mix and mingle, “from diplomats, film-makers, arts industry players, journalists, corporate executives, to the ordinary man on the street”. Apart from affording festival audiences an opportunity to interact and network the Hub has brought about live performances from musicians such as Andy Brown and the Storm, Transit Crew, Sam Mtukudzi, Willis Wataffi and Music Crossroads Inter-Regional Final winners Mokoomba from Victoria Falls.  
G56 — an afro-soul/jazz outfit — also launched their debut album Mhoroi at the Hub on Monday evening. The group consists of Dzikamai Machingura and Farai Chieza, two friends who had the dream of becoming recording musicians from their college days. It is from the name of the dorm they shared at the University of Zimbabwe in 1996 that their name came.
According to Machingura their 14-track album is a reflection of their background and delves
into various social and cultural themes.

 

Ngoni Muzofa