Awards and Encores
16, Thursday, 21:00, Rodina, Main Hall
Program R10: Tandem: Two Women –
Two Stories from Zimbabwe
(in collaboration with the Clermont-Ferrand Festival)
Day” (30min, 2004, Zimbabwe)
dir. Tsitsi Dangarembga
Day” is like nothing you've ever seen. Drought has struck.
Father pushes his wife away from the family dinner of termites.
In anger, when mother challenges him, he digs a pit with a
brutal purpose, but little does he suspect that Mother can
retaliate just as powerfully . Based on an old Shona folk
tale and rendered as a musical celebrating a diversity of
contemporary Zimbabwean music, Mother's Day is the newest
and most exciting motion picture development to come out of
Zimbabwe. With the wonderful voice of Prudence Katomeni. The
film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2005.
1959 Tsitsi Dangarembga first
made her name as a theatre writer/director and a novelist.
Her 1989 novel “NERVOUS CONDITIONS” was recently
named as one of the Best Twelve African Books of the 20th
Century. She finished studies at the German Film and Television
Academy (DFFB) in 1996 and has since returned to her native
Zimbabwe to help setting up a film industry there. In Germany
she worked on documentaries and reportages for "Deutsche
Welle", "ORB" and "Arte". In Zimbabwe
she wrote the story for the most successfull local film “NERIA”,
directed “EVERYONE'S CHILD” as well as several
full length documentaries.
(35min, 2008, US/UK/Mozambique)
dir. Alla Kovgan and David Hinton
chor. Nora Chipaumire
Shot in Southern
Africa, “Nora” is based on childhood memories of
the self-exiled dancer Nora Chipaumire who was born in Zimbabwe
in 1965. Using performance and dance, she brings her history
to life in a swiftly-moving poem of sound and image. The original
score was composed by a Zimbabwean legend - Thomas Mapfumo.
Alla Kovgan is
a Boston-based filmmaker, born in Moscow (Russia). Her films
and films that she co-directed have been presented worldwide
including at the Sundance Film Festival, Lincoln Center, Montreal
Film Festival, ZDF (Germany) and numerous others. The two latest
documentaries that she co-directed "Traces of the Trade"
and “Generation X Moscow” will appear on PBS P.O.V
in 2008 and 2010. Since 1999, Alla has been involved with interdisciplinary
collaborations – creating intermedia performances (with
KINODANCE Company), dance films, and documentaries about dance
such as “Movement (R)evolution Africa” together
with Joan Frosch. Alla's projects have been supported by Open
Society Institute, LEF Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding,
Bank of America Celebrity Series, among others. Since 2000,
she has taught and curated dance film/avant-garde cinema worldwide
and she acts as a Curator of St. Petersburg Dance Film Festival
KINODANCE (Russia) and as a co-Curator of Balagan Film Series
David Hinton is
a director who has made many documentaries for British television.
His subjects have included artists of all kinds, including painter
Francis Bacon, film-maker Bernardo Bertolucci, writer Alan Bennett,
and choreographer Karole Armitage. He has also made films about
Dostoyevsky, rock and roll, visual comedy, and the Cultural
Revolution in China. He is best known in the dance world for
DEAD DREAMS OF MONOCHROME MEN and STRANGE FISH, his film versions
of stage shows by DV8 Physical Theatre. He has also made performance
films with Adventures in Motion Pictures, the Alvin Ailey Company
and the Royal Swedish Ballet, and he has collaborated with several
choreographers to create original dance works for the screen.
He has twice won British Academy awards for his documentaries,
and his dance films have won many awards, including a Prix Italia,
an Emmy, and the IMZ Dance Screen Award.
was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe during the Chimurenga Chechipiri,
or second war of liberation, and has lived in the U.S. as a
self-exiled artist since 1989. Now based in Brooklyn, Chipaumire
considers herself a political artist in dialogue with herself,
fellow Africans, and humanity: Zimbabwe is her focus and Africa
is her center. Winner of the 2007 BESSIE "for a towering,
incandescent presence and for raising the bar to celestial heights
in her full-tilt performances," she is the founder and
artistic director of Company Nora Chipaumire.
Awards and Encores
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