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Women Alive - Women of Peace - International Images Film Festival for Women - 2013 Programme Catalogue
August - September 2013

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Harare: 23-31 August
Bulawayo: 5-7 September

Welcome Remarks

A big welcome to the 12th edition of the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF). After the Chimanimani Arts Festival, the season of arts festivals continues with IIFF and ends with the Zimbabwe Fashion Week at a time when many people can attend. Prepare yourselves to be challenged, excited and inspired by films depicting this year’s festival theme WOMEN ALIVE: WOMEN OF PEACE!

The programme could not have been created without particular support of all participating embassies, organizations, festival organizers and film distributors from lands far away. In addition, we are partnering for the first time with the Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival in London directed by Sylviane Rano, a festival that screens films on or by women of colour. Also, for the fourth year running, IIFF partners with Afrykamera in Poland directed by Przemyslaw Stepien also known as Shamek who has curated part of the festival program.

IIFF is also delighted that 15 local entries will be competing in the Shasha/ Ingcitshi Zim Experts (SIZE) category and the Best Zimbabwean Documentary Section.

Our big scoop this year is the world premiere of FREESTATE, a Zimbabwean-French coproduction directed by Martha Ferguson. This shows what Zimbabwean film is capable of when people pull together. Also opening the Festival is NAIROBI HALF LIFE, a German-Kenyan coproduction.

Special events include the WOMEN’S LABOUR ISSUES IN THE ARTS INDUSTRY TALK to be held at the Alliance Francaise on the 29th of August. Local women in the film industry and other creative arts will meet and share their experiences in the Zimbabwean creative arts industry. This will also be a platform for women in the creative arts to network, bond and build their dreams in a relaxed, safe environment. Women rarely have this opportunity outside the festival week, so ladies come and let’s build. In the month of September, IIFF travels to the City of Kings, Bulawayo from the 5th – 7th. In Bulawayo the film festival shall be at the American Corner for the second time running and at the Luveve, Mpopoma and Tshabalala Youth Centres.

IIFF 2013 could not have been achieved without the unwavering support of our partners who in their different capacities have continued to support women in film. These include HIVOS, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust in partnership with SIDA, the Embassy of the United States of America - Public Affairs Section, the Embassy of Japan and Japan Foundation, Zimbabwe German Society, the Embassy of Germany, the Alliance Française, Book Cafe and Christian College of Southern Africa.

IIFF looks forward to welcoming back all our old friends at our screenings and events as well as making new acquaintances. BE INSPIRED TO BE A DRIVER OF PEACE AND STAY ALIVE!

Yvonne Jila - IIFF Director

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