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with Charity Maruta, director of the International Video Fair
September 15, 2009
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yourself in five words.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Never to say never.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
To find my own path in life, because I think a lot of women
look at me and think I'm ridiculous, or they can't figure
is your most treasured possession?
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
have any strange hobbies?
INo not really, besides having recently started karate.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
Not very much actually.
is your greatest extravagance?
Spending a fortune on books and music.
have you got in your fridge?
A good bottle of white wine, lots of muriwo, lots of lunch
boxes of leftovers and a few cans of beer.
is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that, as an African who belongs to
this continent, we might never wake up to who we are.
have you got in your pockets right now?
I have a toothpick.
is your favourite journey?
My own inner journey. I think it's the most intriguing.
What I've come across so far is that there are still parts
of me that I discover, like how my heart can still open more. You
look at yourself from outside and you think ‘ok that's
me' but then there's so much more.
are your heroes in real life?
Of course Mbuya Nehanda. Alice Walker, I'm raving
about her at the moment! The women of Liberia, and of course their
President. And all the mothers out there that work so hard, they
raise sons who turn around and oppress them, they raise girls who
continue to suffer just like they did. I think its our fault as
the mothers. We spoil our boys, that's why Africa's
in such in mess, we spoil our boys as the mothers. We have to understand
that they're going to be adults so they need to be responsible;
they need to sensitive to other people's emotions. Yes they
are definitely the weaker sex, that's why we treat them like
that and we let them get away with murder; we literally let them
get away with murder.
and where were you happiest?
I think, now, here.
your biggest vice?
Always asking, the curiosity to explore. I always want
to look at something in a completely new light.
were you like at school?
I had a hard time at school because I am dyslexic. In those
days, with my parents' background it was never noticed. History
was worst I think, because I learnt about the British Empire and
the British East Africa Company and I thought ‘What's
that?!?' I had a good history teacher who knew that I found
this really painful so he let me sit outside the door.
are you doing next?
A documentary very much along the same lines as Sex in
the City, but we're looking at domestic violence. And we initially
started off wanting to look at why women stayed in violence-infested
homes. It's been shot, and we're looking for the funding
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