Zimbabwean arts scene to be documented in film

A British independent theatre director and producer, Giles Ramsay, is making a short film documenting the vibrant arts scene in Zimbabwe.

Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube will be performing at this year’s HIFA.
Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube will be performing at this year’s HIFA.

The film will offer a glimpse into the lives of some of the Zimbabwean artists working at the 2014 edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).

“HIFA is a once-a-year opportunity for Zimbabweans to come together and have the freedom to enjoy international music, theatre, opera and dance, all things Western art-lovers take for granted,” said a statement from the production company.

Ramsay is using the arts crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise funds for the film. He is the founder of the charity Developing Artists and specialises in creating new work with artists in developing countries.

“By shedding light on the way creative people in Zimbabwe rise above economic and political obstacles to tell their stories, the film aims to ensure that the talents and industry of hard-pressed Zimbabweans are not forgotten, to offer a more informed and realistic view of the struggles and successes that are part of their everyday life, and to share with a global audience a success story from Zimbabwe,” the statement explained.

Developing Artists says it strengthens underprivileged communities by providing constructive outlets for their creative life and long-term opportunities for self-expression and professional development.

Ramsay will also be directing a production of Jean Genet’s controversial and topical play The Maids at this year’s festival.

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