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Wildtrack newsletter - Issue 5
Filmmakers of Zimbabwe
July 13, 2012
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Filmmakers of Zimbabwe takes films to colleges
of Zimbabwe (WFOZ) in partnership with the Women's Law Centre and
of Zimbabwe's Gender Department recently held a series of film
screenings at the University of Zimbabwe, from where the same program
was also taken to the Christian College Of Southern Africa (CCOSA).
The local film
'I Want A Wedding Dress' by Tsitsi Dangarembga, which addresses
core issues about HIV/ AIDS among young people from the perspective
of a young HIV positive woman was an audience hit. The film comes
at a time when so much has been said about 'sexually transmitted
marks' which basically refers to sexual favours between students
and lecturers, for students to garner more marks, and at a time
when support for much needed HIV initiatives in society and communities
is drastically decreasing.
screened included 'The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo', a documentary
that delves into the disturbing gendered consequences of violent
conflict through the lens of the militarisation of the Democratic
Republic of Congo, and 'Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai'
which tells the story of Wangari Maathai, an ordinary village girl
who became the first female to receive a PhD in East Africa and
who subsequently became a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Her simple
act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to improve
food security, safeguard the environment, protect human rights and
defend democracy, turning Kenyan women into a powerful force to
engaged in discussion after each screening by high-powered panels
that included representatives from Zimbabwe Young Women's Network
for Peace Building, Padare
Men's Gender Forum, Musasa
Sistahood, University of Zimbabwe, Women's Law Centre and WFOZ.
The overarching message during the discussions was that women's
potential must be harnessed to benefit themselves, their families
and communities and the nation. This platform provided students
with an opportunity to watch, listen and engage with issues from
a creative angle.
CCOSA programme was the South African documentary 'A Country For
My Daughter', which explores the huge gap between antirape policy
and implementation, amid alarming rape statistics in South Africa,
despite the country having excellent anti-rape legislation.
speaking at the recently held Women's Constitutional Conference
hosted by the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe appealed for programmes
for young women that are interesting to these young people. The
WFOZ- IIFF outreach, provided free to schools and colleges, which
has reached over two thousand students already this year, engages
and inspires the youth by communicating topical messages to the
youth in ways that the youth relate to,
WFOZ has carried
out similar activities in the past at the Women's University in
Africa, Harare Polytechnic, Mabvuku, Epworth, Chitungwiza as well
as in Bulawayo, Gwanda.
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