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Wildtrack newsletter - Issue 6
Filmmakers of Zimbabwe
October 25, 2012
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Images Film Festival for Women
is the theme for this year's International Images Film Festival
for Women (IIFF). IIFF begins on the 23rd of November and runs through
to the 1st of December in Harare before moving to Binga from December
3 to 6. With only seven weeks to go, over 60 films are scheduled
to screen at the Ster Kinekor, Alliance Francaise and the Book Café.
In a country
of rising maternal mortality and women, including young and married
women being at great risk for HIV, while hardly a day goes by without
a media report of a woman being killed by her partner and registered
doctors being accused of raping patients who may never recover from
the trauma, it is time to take women's lives seriously! This is
what IIFF does, by providing inspirational and empowering stories
about women who have overcome their odds for viewers to enjoy for
over a week. Even more importantly, IIFF provides a space where
women can come together to network, bond and build their dreams
in a relaxed, safe environment. Women rarely have this opportunity
outside the festival week.
edition of the festival will showcase documentaries, feature and
short films all showing how women manage to stay alive themselves,
and keep others alive in the home, the workplace and the world.
Watch out for Education of Auma Obama (Germany/Kenya), Linda Linda
Linda (Japan), Fraulein (Switzerland), Queen To Play (France), Lark
Farm (Italy), Fiance for Yasmina (Spain) , Madame Dakar (Netherlands)
and End Of The Road (Iran) and Cultures of Resistance (USA). New
categories at IIFF 2012 include the New Man and the Shasha/ Ingcitshi/
Zim Experts (SIZE). Highlights in the SIZE category include I Will
Marry Myself by Melgin Tafirenyika and Stephen Visser. This is a
fascinating story about an African woman, who was fed up of being
taken for granted by men that she took the matter into her own hands.
Find out how by coming to IIFF. Other films to look forward to include
The In- Laws and Maidei Meets Europe by fellow Zimbabweans Demetria
Karongah and Rufaro Kaseko based in the United Kingdom. The In-Laws
is a summer comedy trip cleverly highlighting the clash of beliefs
when Africa meets Europe in an attempt to bridge the gap. Maidei
Meets Europe is a short film about an innocent and cultured but
clueless rural African girl who comes to Europe unannounced and
she is entangled in a typical European makeover.
IIFF is the
only women's film festival in sub-Saharan Africa. Each year, IIFF
provides a unique focus theme that showcases the best and most interesting
films from around the world. This memorable event engages, interrogates
and inspires positive images of women and women's narratives through
The education of Auma Obama
Auma Obama should correctly be referred to as the sister of President
Obama. And it also needs to be corrected that she did her school
education in Kenya and only went to University abroad.
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