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with film director, producer and writer Rumbi Katedza
June 07, 2011
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yourself in five words?
That's a hard one. Really.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
I suppose it came from my grandmother. We were talking about someone
telling me to do something. She asked if I wanted to do it, I said
no and she said ‘so?'
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
It involved New Year's Eve, Red Fox, the counter, a group
of my best friends and high heels.
is your most treasured possession?
I don't put a lot into the material. It's not a material
possession, but an inner thing, my sense of community.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being alone. When you're bereft of any kind of community or
sense of being and you're alone I think that's very
have any strange hobbies?
I don't think so. I used to do the generic things. I used
to collect stickers . . . there was a time when I used to collect
movie paraphernalia: posters, books, pictures . . . so I've
got a lot of those from the 80s in a box at home.
What was your favourite movie from the 80's?
It was a time in my life when I was watching loads of movies because
I lived in Japan, and there really wasn't any kind of age
restriction on anything. But if you asked me about any specific
movie, I could recite Sixteen Candles from beginning to end, the
music and the words.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I like me the way I am.
is your greatest extravagance?
Food, because I like trying new things.
have you got in your fridge?
We've got a lot of cold meats and cheeses; we often eat on
the go. I've got a lot of juice because we've got a
little orchard outside our house; we have a blender so we like to
try to make our juices.
is your greatest fear?
have you got in your pockets right now?
My cell phone, car keys and a business card.
is your favourite journey?
The journey to being a mother. That was quite a journey; it taught
me a lot about myself.
are your heroes in real life?
My grandmother. Her generation lived in a different time, but they
have so much knowledge to share that is relevant to my time. I think
of what they went through and they still lived to tell the stories
with a positive twist, so they are my heroes. My mother, and mothers
in general. I remember when I was growing up my parents were full
time students and they were going to work, and they were raising
children. I look at them and I'm like ‘how on earth
did you do that?' and especially back then with all of those
other struggles. And they did good.
and where were you happiest?
I was happiest as a child in Japan. It was just such a happy time.
It's always a gift when a person can say I had a happy childhood.
I did. I had great friends and I was exposed to a lot that was different
from my culture and my understanding and my background. That was
a gift from my parents - the ability to be exposed to so much from
such a young age. To appreciate the Zen nature of Japanese people.
your biggest vice?
My biggest vice is one of those off the record things!
were you like at school?
That's a good question for my friends to answer because what
I remember myself as being like at school is completely different
from what they say I was like. It's only later, that we're
adults that they've told me.
are you doing next?
I'm editing some projects, a TV series and a feature film.
The feature film is a project that I've worked on for years
and it's very close to my heart.
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