IIFF goes rural

GWANDA - The ninth edition of the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) will reach out to one of the most remote parts of Zimbabwe, Gwanda, as the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe seek to inspire women through the Arts.

Watching movies on a big screen will be a first for most people in the local community here. Art is a powerful voice for the voiceless and a means of message conveyance that reaches out to everyone and has no boundaries, explained IIFF Programmes officer, Yvonne Jila.

This years theme is Women of Decision and IIFF hopes to use art as a tool to move people to action, raise public awareness and mobilize locals to create safe places for women in their society. It (the theme) investigates among other things, the societal pressures women face when making decisions for themselves, their families, and the community. IIFF will continue to stand out as a festival where people are not only entertained but are also educated and inspired, said Jila.

More and more women are coming out of their closets to tell their stories through their eyes. For the first time the Gwanda community will get an opportunity to watch the films at the Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library. Through programmes like IIFF, the only professional women’s festival south of the Sahara, art has been used successfully as a means of expression and communication.

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