Zimbabwe Film List

Title: Shanda 2004
Format: DVD video, no regional encoding, Dolby digital stereo.
Language: In English and Shona with optional subtitles in English and French.
Run Time: 86 Min.
Description: "Shanda serves as a tribute to megastar Oliver Mtukudzi, whose career spans more than 20 years and 40 original albums. The soundtrack was handpicked by Oliver to represent certain periods of his life. The film, a 70 minute documentary ... filmed in Zimabwe’s township clubs and beer halls"--Container

Title: Zimbabwe Countdown 2003
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: This film is a personal documentary in which Michael Raeburn accuses his former hero, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, of betraying the ideals of the liberation war which he once spearheaded. Raeburn uses connection with politicians, writers and journalists to procure insights into the crisis ravaging the country.

Title: Mbira Music:Spirit of the People1992
Format: VHS
Language: Narration in English or in Ndebele with English subtitles; vocal portions sung in Ndebele with English subtitles.
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: The traditional music of Zimbabwe is seen through interviews and performances in the rural villages and in urban concert venues, with attention to its use during the war of liberation (1976-1980), changes following liberation, and its current status, including the teaching of morals and proper behaviour.

Title: Yellow Card 2000
Format: VHS
Language: Closed Captioned
Run Time: 90 Min.
Description: Story of a popular teenager and promising soccer player who complicates his life when he makes his classmate pregnant. Describes the lives and difficult issues that young people face involving sexual behavior, pregnancy, male responsibility, AIDS, and the way values are communicated at home, with friends, at school and in communities.

Title: Wonders of the African World :with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 1999
Format: VHS
Language: Closed Captioned
Run Time: 3 videos: 360 Min. total
Description: Documentary film presents Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on the journey from Zanzibar to Timbuktu, the Nile River Valley to Great Zimbabwe, the slave coast of Guinea to the medieval monasteries of Ethiopia in search of the lost wonders of the African world.

Title: Soul in Torment :Zimbabwe1999
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: In English, Ndebele and Shona with English subtitles.
Run Time: 26 Min.
Description: Lingering tribalism after independence in Zimbabwe in 1970 soon led to another internal war in Matebeleland. A former guerilla fighter who participated in massacres on behalf of the new government is interviewed as are individuals on the other side of the conflict as they try to reach reconciliation.

Title: Everyone’s Child 1996
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 83 Min.
Description: In a rural village in Zimbabwe, Tamari and Itai are devastated following the tragic death of both their parents. For the children this is a time of fear and survival as family and neighbors turn their heads. The social climate in the city is just as hostile as it is in the village. In the end it is only tragedy that can bridge the gulf of denial between their two worlds and make the community realize that these are everyone’s children.

Title: Flame 1996
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 85 Min.
Description: Dramatization of the role of women fighters in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle, and of the abuses committed against women and peasants, in the military and in Zimbabwean society at large.

Title: Fraud and Corruption :a Growing Concern in Zimbabwe 1996
Format: VHS NSTC.
Language:
Run Time: 30 Min.
Description: Explores the causes and consequences of fraud and corruption in Zimbabwe through docu-drama.

Title: Children of Africa[videorecording] :They Deserve a Better Future 1994
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 105 Min.
Description: Performances from fundraising concert featuring black musicians from various parts of the world interspersed with documentary footage of children of Africa and comments by the musicians and heads of states.

Title: Jit 1993
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 92 Min.
Description: The beat of jit-jive drives the story, set in Zimbabwe, of a fun-loving youth called UK, who is determined to win the heart of Sofi, a stately beauty closely guarded by her gangster boyfriend. UK’s efforts are both helped and hindered by Jukwa, a pesty ancestral spirit.

Title: Neria1992
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 100 Min.
Description: Patrick and Neria, through shared hard work and resourcefulness, built a comfortable home, a good life and family in the city. But when their loving and equal partnership suddenly ends with the tragic death of Patrick, Neria’s nightmare begins. Neria learns she has to fight for her rights.

Title: Weapons for the Ancestors1990
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 26 Min.
Description: Traces the development of iron smelting, including the making of weapons, tools, and art objects, by the Shona people of Zimbabwe.

Title: Consequences1989
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 53 Min.
Description: Documents the consequences of teenage pregnancy for a sixteen year-old girl in Zimbabwe.

Title: African Trypanosomiasis:The Life of the Tsetse Fly1989
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 9 Min.
Description: Shows the complete life cycle of the tsetse fly, the carrier of disease causing trypanosomes, from conception and the birth of the live larva to its pupation and final emergence as an adult tsetse fly.

Title: Leaving Home for Sugar1986
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 51 Min.
Description: "Following the withdrawal of the Dutch in 1654 from the Brazilian sugar cane industry, the Caribbean became the center of world sugar production. With an ever-increasing demand for sugar in Europe, and as many as 15 million slaves transported from Africa, the West Indian sugar industry was for 200 years one of history’s most profitable enterprises. Following Abolition, the plantations of the West Indies declined and the market favored European sugar beet production and newer ventures in the Pacific and Africa. Besides looking at the rise and fall of sugar in the West Indies, Leaving home for sugar contrasts two sides of the history of sugar in Zimbabwe: the companies’ story of turning semi-desert into model plantations, and the story told by local farmworkers who were dispossessed or brought in as forced labor"--First Run/Icarus website.

Title: Africa Speaks for Itself 1986
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 28 Min.
Description: Leaving home for sugar[videorecording] /

Title: The New Zimbabwe (1983)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 28 Min.
Description: Looks at the progress made in the new nation of Zimbabwe, showing how a policy of reconciliation was pursued so that its minority white population and its native Black people could live together peacefully. Prime Minister Mugabe and President Banana tell about new educational, agricultural, and vocational programs and the role of the church in helping Zimbabwe realize its socialist ideals.

Title: Moving On: The Hunger for Land in Zimbabwe (1982)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: Documents the history of the independence movement in Zimbabwe through art prints, vintage documents and photographs, posters, and archival film footage. Shows the continuing disparity between Black farmers, who barely make a living on their inferior land, and affluent whites, who employ modern agricultural techniques on their lush acres.

Title: Reconciliation in Zimbabwe :The First Ten Years(199?)
Format: VHS
Language: In English or other local language with English subtitles.
Run Time: 34 Min.
Description: Zimbabweans, both black and white and with varying points of view, discuss the political situation in Zimbabwe since independence and the creation of a black government in the former.