The International Images Film Festival for Women (IFF) opens today at Ster-Kinekor Borrowdale. The Zimbabwean premier of “Girlhood”, a French film produced by Celine Sciamma will open the festival starting at 6pm this evening. This year, the festival is running under the theme “Women alive, Women of heart”, which will take place from the 14th to the 22nd of August.
Speaking during a press conference held in Harare yesterday, Acting Director for IIFF Karen Mukwasi, urged the public to take advantage of the community venues that they have added to the traditional ones.
“We are excited to announce that this year we have introduced two community venues, one in Mufakose and one in Highfield,” said Mukwasi.
In total, this year there are six venues which are: Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s and Ster-Kinekor Eastgate, The National Art gallery, Alliance Francaise, Rufaro Hall in Mufakose and Zimbabwe Hall in Highfields.
Two local films to look out for include, “Marginalised Women in Jeopardy” by Emmanuel Manyati from Mutoko and “In Mind” produced by a group of pupils from St Georges College Media club.
Other local films expected to attract a large audience include “The Bouncing Car” by Jessi Kuwana, Angeline Dimingo’s “Marrying the Devil” and Thompson Makota’s two films, “The Covenant” and “Unbreakable Affair”. “The Extra Mile: Women Leading in Positive Nation Building” a documentary by motivational speaker and author Cynthia Hakutangwi about women leaders, is expected to draw interest from various women and pressure groups.
From the International scene, the festival will showcase Yaba Badoe’s documentary “The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo” which looks at one of Africa’s female writers. Former BBC presenter Badoe is in Zimbabwe for the first time and will also hold a practical documentary filmmaking workshop. Also showcasing their films are directors form Germany, Venezuela, Sweden, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Tanzania.
There are a number of special events lined up for this year’s IFF festival. On Tuesday the 18th of August, there will be a special screening and discussion of the film “Selma” directed by Ava DuVernay at Prince Edward School in the Main Auditorium. A discussion on 3D design will be held on Thursday the 20th 0f August at Ster Kinekor Borrowdale, which aims to promote 3D design among locals. This event is however, strictly by invitation.
Besides film makers, local women in business are expected to benefit from the ‘Women Entrepreneurs’ publicity hub where they will be showcasing their products. Some of the partners set to exhibit their products include, DeMoyo a fashion design house, and Feso, a new product for natural hair developed by Curtleys Spa Salon.
The festival will close on the 22nd with an Awards ceremony to be held at the National Art gallery. All film screenings are free and members of the public are encouraged to attend. For more information on the programme and venues please visit the IIFF website.
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