The Adventures of Robert Moffat Saturday 31 Oct Film Premiere and workshop with Sunduza.
Please join us for free at 12.00p.m if in UK or EU and 14.00hours if in Southern Africa. The one hour film shot at the National Arts Festival in the Eastern Cape in 2019 will be followed by a panel discussion on sustainable theatre in Zimbabwe lead by Ethel Dlamini-Maqeda (formerly UZ drama), members of Sunduza and former members of Zambuko/Izibuko(Harare).
Please send an email to email@example.com for zoom link by Saturday 10.00a.m. to attend.
LIVE MBIRA CONCERT To round off our Black History month celebrations, we are delighted to present a Mbira music concert featuring a live performance by the incredible Gabriel ‘Sekuru’ Makamanzi on Sat 31 October at 3 pm. The Mbira is a traditional music instrument that is native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe. While the instrument has now had some mainstream exposure, it is still traditionally considered a spiritual instrument that should be handled with respect, only to be played by specially appointed individuals. The event will be streamed live from the centre Facebook Page and we will also film and package it to be distributed more widely afterward. Gabriel or ‘Sekuru Makamanzi’ as he is affectionately known, will be accompanied by members of his Afresh Band to deliver what promises to be a thrilling and authentic traditional African music experience. Check link on website above.
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Zimbabwe’s first feature film is the first to have a slot on Netflix. Its a comedy written and directed by Thomas Brickhill. Perfectly cast the youthful team bring laughter to the screen from a Nation that is currently under a lot of stress. If you don’t have a subscription to Netflix this is a good reason for getting one alongside an increasing range of award winning films from Africa.
The current offerings on Netflix include Queen Sono– a six part first dynamic action series from South Africa and the Atlantics – an award winning film when in Cannes of exceptional cinematic quality, from Senegal. Not forgetting hidden gems such as the African Doctor. If you are still forced to watch movies on a creaking TV, lock-down might be a good opportunity to upgrade to a smart tv and start streaming away from the computer. The BZS will be back. Please watch for the latest BZS Reviews.
The Britain Zimbabwe Society is delighted to announce that this year’s BZS Young Researcher Prize has been awarded to Roselyn Masamha.
Roselyn is a Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Nursing at the University of Hull and a Doctor of Clinical Education student at the University of Leeds. Roselyn’s research is at the interface of science and society; it investigates the politics of knowledge production in relation to an African identity within nurse education. The judges were impressed by the originality of Roselyn’s research and its potential applicability.
The prize, offered in partnership with the Oxford African Studies Centre, will be presented at the BZS Research Day on Saturday 15 June at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Roselyn will also be co-presenting a paper, “Different, Resilient and Relevant: a conversation about time and space for the Zimbabwean diaspora”, at Research Day.
Register to secure your place at the research day here and check out the programme on this page
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