Kare Kare Zvako – Mother’s Day

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Short film

The country is stricken by drought. A father is horrified when his desperate wife serves termites for supper. Furious, he digs a hole and has a drastic plan. But he has no idea what kind of revenge his wife is capable of.
Adapted into a musical from an ancient Shona folk tale that celebrates the diversity of contemporary Zimbabwean music, Kare Kare Zvako – Mother’s Day has become a bold and extraordinary Zimbabwean film classic.
– Ines Johnson-Spain

In cooperation with International Images Film Festival for Women Harare

Director / Script

Tsitsi Dangarembga


Pierre Mennel


Olaf Koschke


Themba Nyamweda, Guido Keller


Kelly Rusike


Consolata Ngwenya, Nicolas Mazenda, Sasha Dambakushamba, Simbarashe Mhowa, Belinda Mufute, Jonathan Kalapuka


Jackie Cahi – Pangolin Films, Olaf Koschke – Nyerai Films


Tsitsi Dangarembga

Portrait of director Tsitsi Dangarembga

Tsitsi Dangarembga

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.

Films by Tsitsi Dangarembga ( Selection)
Nyaminyami amaji abulozi 2011 | Pamvura 2005 | Growing Stronger 2005 | High Hopes 2004 | Elephant People 2002 | On the Border 2000 | Everyone’s Child 1996 | Neria (Drehbuch / Screenplay) 1993