Tsitsi Dangarembga | Author & Filmmaker | Zimbabwe

Africa Centre
May 20, 2016
Posted by Wanjiru Koinange
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Tsitsi Dangarembga is a writer and filmmaker. She lives in Harare, where she directs the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA) Trust, which she founded in 2009, and which is successfully carrying out Breaking The Silence: A Programme for People Power In Zimbabwe, most notably having published the collection of short stories A Family Portrait by Zimbabwean writers, which she edited and contributed to, which is concerned with violence in Zimbabwe.She is author of Nervous Conditions, which appeared to critical acclaim in 1988, and of its sequel the Book of Not. Her third novel, last in the Tambudzai Trilogy, Chronicle of an Indomitable Daughter is forthcoming. She is currently working on a series of dystopian speculative fiction for young adults.

Following several documentaries and credits on many major Zimbabwean feature films, her ground-breaking short film Mother’s Day was released in 2004. She has been awarded many prizes for her writing and film work, prominent amongst these the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa region) in 1989 for Nervous Conditions.

She divides her time between directing ICAPA Trust, supervising WFOZ and IIFF, writing, running her production house Nyerai Films, and numerous speaking engagements worldwide.