Running under the theme Women of Decision, this year’s edition runs from November 19 to 27 in Harare, December 2 in Bulawayo and on the third in Gwanda. The festival will open at Ster Kinekor with the screening of the local film I Want a Wedding Dress, which centres around promoting behavioural change. Urban grooves group Mafriq is also expected to perform at the launch ceremony.
Local films to be screened at the festival include I Want A Wedding Dress directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga. It chronicles the story of Kundisai Sande who desperately wants to get married but finds herself in a sexual network with disastrous consequences.
Lobola, directed by Joe Ngagu, is another local production to be screened. It delves into the issue of African marriage customs in the context of a cosmopolitan society.
According to festival organisers, DVD films will be screened at the Alliance Francaise along with the Zimbabwe German Society. Thirty five milimetre films will also be screened at Ster-Kinekor from tomorrow up to Tuesday.
The festival hosts seven international and regional filmmakers from the DRC, Malawi, Namibia, Poland and the United Kingdom.
Among the other activities that will take place at the festival are the Ndichirimupenyu Awards which recognise the achievements of women in various fields.
The festival will also mark the 16 days of activism against gender based violence.
“By using art as a tool for visual activism, we hope to raise public awareness and promote participation of local communities and mobilise them to create safe places for women in the society,” says the festival promotional.
A number of workshops are also lined up during the festival which will include training sessisions with film producers and the African Women Filmmakers Manifesto workshop where the whys and wherefores of women’s rights, media ownership and integrity will be answered.
Summer in Berlin, a tragicomic film which focuses on two women and their daily struggle for survival during a summer in Berlin, is set to be one of the highlights of the festival.
It tells the tale of Katrin, a jobless single mum, and Nike, a nurse, who live in the same house and are best friends. Although always dating the wrong men, they still pursue happiness and don’t lose their sense of humour.