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Zimbabwe

A Garden of Eden In Decay (The Africans)

Identifies the problems of a continent that produces what it does not consume and consumes what it does not produce. Shows Africa's struggle between economic dependence and decay. Examines economic and agricultural failures and successes in Algeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe. 1986. 58 min.

A Witches Tale(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 6)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. This film examines the issues surrounding witchcraft in South Africa where people are still being killed on suspicion of being witches. Efforts aimed at stemming witchcraft-related violence are examined. Must the government deny the legitimacy of traditional beliefs? Or can the power of traditional healing be used to stop the killing and promote human rights for all? 1997. 26 min.

Chiefs and Strongmen. (Struggle for Democracy)

This program done in 1989 looks closely at three African nations where western-style democracy has not taken root; Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. 1989. 57 min.

Educating Lucia. (Life, Part 25)

Focuses on the story of three African sisters who want to graduate to secondary school but are more likely to receive no formal education, working as seasonal laborers on one of Zimbabwe's large tobacco farms. They're being raised by their grandmother who can only afford school fees for one girl. In African countries such as Zimbabwe, Uganda and Benin the odds are dramatically against girls getting an education. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

Everyone's Child.

Through the tragic story of one Zimbabwean family devastated by AIDS, the film makes an eloquent call for action on behalf of Africa's millions of orphaned children. The film was produced in direct response to the prediction that by the year 2000 there will be over 10 million AIDS orphans on the African continent. At the same time, the film focuses attention on millions of other children left homeless by civil wars or abandoned because their parents could not support them. 1996. 83 min.

Flame. (Zimbabwe, 1996)

Directed by Ingrid Sinclair. One of the most controversial films ever produced in Africa (seized by the police during editing), this feature film not only exposes past abuses but continuing divisions within Zimbabwean society, especially against women and peasants. It is the story of two close friends, Florence and Nyasha as they train and fight as soldiers in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle, but after liberation find their lives little changed. 85 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

It Needs Political Decisions (Race to Save the Planet).

Examines the power of politics in protecting the environment. Three nations in varying stages of economic development - Zimbabwe, Thailand, and Sweden - offer three different strategies for conserving the environmental future. 1990. 60 min.

Jit. (Zimbabwe, 1990)

Directed by Michael Raeburn. The beat of jit-jive drives the story, set in Zimbabwe, of a fun-loving youth called UK, who is determined to win the heart of Sofi, a stately beauty closely guarded by her gangster boyfriend. UK's efforts are both helped and hindered by Jukwa, a pesty ancestral spirit. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Kutambura, Struggling People.

In Zimbabwe, the Kubatsirana Project is a trial program to teach literacy and financial independence as well as family planning via community-based teachers. The goal is to reduce population growth by encouraging women to take control over their lives. 1987. 30 min.

Leaving Home for Sugar (Commodities Series; 2).

Discusses British involvement in the sugar industry in the West Indies and Zimbabwe, where companies have turned semi-desert land into modern plantations, but at the cost of local farmers who were dispossessed or brought in as forced laborers. 1985. 54 min.

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