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with Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker, Tsitsi Dangarembga
October 27, 2006
Inside/Out with Tsitsi Dangarembga
yourself in five words?
Mad, mad, mad, mad, mad.
the best piece of advice you¹ve ever received?
you have to take on everything at once.
the most ridiculous thing you¹ve ever done?
My life is a series of ridiculous things. Who, in middle age, would
start a women's film festival with absolutely nothing? But the ridiculous
can lead to the sublime. Now, the team knows who is on our side
and who isn't.
What is your most treasured possession?
At the moment, a bottle of Nina Ricci perfume a woman friend surprised
me with about two weeks ago. it was quite out of the blue, and I
couldn't believe it.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not being able to realise a brilliant film idea. Or find a publisher
for that great work.
you have any strange hobbies?
Well, a lot of my work is strange. But to an artist, strangeness
is the norm.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
A somewhat greasy skin on my face, dry skin from eczema on my limbs!
is your greatest extravagance?
A good bottle of wine, or a good designer garment or shoes, good
hardwood furniture. It is all out of my range, but sometimes I splurge
on something good. It is not always for myself - for example, the
last good furniture I bought was for my daughter's bedroom.
have you got in your fridge?
Milk, margarine, cheese, pickles, lettuce, cucumber...the usual.
is your greatest fear?
Not providing for my children.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
I dream about going to a ski spa in the mountains in Lesotho. I've
tried to surf the internet to see if one exists, but I'm not very
good with the internet, so it does not look as though I will ever
are your heroes in real life?
I admire lots of different people for different things. There is
Doreen Sibanda from the National Gallery, for the way she really
does her best to support people. There is my friend Fatima who looks
after people. There is Soukaina for her dedication and drive - she
is indomitable. I try to draw my inspiration from the people around
me. If I ever wanted to be like anybody out there in the world,
it would be Toni Morisson.
and where were you happiest?
I am fairly happy now, and for me that is very good.
your biggest vice?
A certain laziness when it comes to driving.
were you like at school?
Quiet, with a tight focus on my books.
are you doing next?
I wish I knew. I know what I'd like to do and that is make the other
two parts in the KARE KARE ZVAKO folk tale series. Now that you
ask, I think I will be finishing my next novel.
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