THE Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2009 has gathered momentum since it began on August 28 under the theme â€œReel Inclusionâ€, and ends on September 6. According to the festival organisers the theme reflects how art can take its inspiration from the life around us.
â€œReel Inclusion is a celebration of the current spirit of our nation, of coming together to share thoughts and ideas to forge a unified vision.â€ Â
It is evident that an effort was made to spice up this yearâ€™s edition and increase interactivity. For the first time ZIFF will present the Old Mutual 8 Directors to Watch, a platform for Zimbabweâ€™s most promising film directors to be in the spotlight.
â€œWe, together with our partners Old Mutual, have identified eight Zimbabwean filmmakers who we believe have done exceptional work in the industry,â€ festival co-ordinator Sharon Rusare said.Â â€œWith 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 yearâ€™s edition also sees the coming in of the Bohlingerâ€™s Hub â€” a place where people will be able to â€œmeet and soak up the festival atmosphere.â€
According to the festival organisers the concept of the Hub was introduced to help the different audiences of the festival mix and mingle, â€œfrom diplomats, film-makers, arts industry players, journalists, corporate executives, to the ordinary man on the streetâ€. 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. Â
G56 â€” an afro-soul/jazz outfit â€” 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.