Film festival comes to Byo

threetpicBULAWAYO - 3 Times Divorced, which depicts the life of Khitam, a Gaza Strip-born Palestinian, who has been divorced by her Israeli Arab husband after bearing him six children, is the last film in the lead-up to the International Images Film Festival, to be shown at the National Gallery on Friday 27 November at 2.30pm.

Made in Israel in 2007, the film is a fascinating and disturbing look at a civil and religious legal system that denies women the right to get a divorce independent of their husbands. It highlights the bind that abused women find themselves in when their immigration status is contingent upon marriage. With remarkable access and an unflinching lens that never sensationalizes, award-winning filmmaker Ibtisam Salh Mara’ana captures Khitams astonishing courage as she faces an impossible situation with no country or court to protect her.

The films for the International Images Film Festival in Bulawayo, which takes place from 3 to 5 December have now been selected, with films from all over the world, including three from Zimbabwe. The official opening film, from Sweden, is Rose on Tour, which will be shown at Rainbow City on 4 December.

This is a film for young people, the fictional account of a 14-year-old pop star on tour. Highlights of the festival include a retrospective, with the showing of A Dry White Season. This film, some of which was shot in Bulawayo, will be screened in Luveve on Saturday 5 December at 2pm.

Several short films will also be shown, including the Zimbabwean-made The Positive Ladies Soccer Club. This documentary focuses on the lives of the members of a womans soccer team, all of whom are HIV positive. The film is a testimony to positive living and the strength of hope.

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