Curator: Feature Film Competition
The auteur film-maker produced three feminist classics with The Cat Has Nine Lives (1968), Erika’s Passion (1976) and Sleep of Reason (1984, German Film Award). She has made over 20 films, and their visual language has repeatedly defied cinematic conventions. Her film The Old Song (1991) examined East-West realities following German reunification. Since 2002, she has been a professor of film at the University of Central Florida. The section IFFF REVISITED will be showing The Old Song and Don’t Talk About Fate.
The film-maker, playwright and author lives and works in Harare, where she set up her own production company Nyerai Films in 1992. She graduated from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin and has been involved in numerous Zimbabwean feature films, including such classics as Neria (1991), which is based on her screenplay, and Everyone’s Child (1996). She campaigns throughout Africa for women’s rights and actively supports women film-makers. In 2021, the PEN Pinter prize-winner received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She is currently working on several film projects. The festival’s FOCUS section presents her prize-winning musical Kare Kare Zvako – Mother’s Day.