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New doccy explores labour issues in Southern Africa
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Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:41
Cosmo Itayi Zengeya and Tsitsi Dangarembga

Much To The Land of Promises is a documentary that takes the viewer into pre- independent Zimbabwe and explores issues of colonialism, xenophobia and social injustice. It also exposes the dilemmas that immigrants face as they are caught in between rejection in a foreign land and the hardships back home.

Directed by new Zimbabwean filmmaker Itayi Cosmo Zengeya, the film screened at the Germany Society, Harare, Zimbabwe, on 4 September with the filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

“When I first began making the documentary film in 2009, I did not know what the outcome of the project would be. I didn’t know what kind of information I would stumble upon,” Zengeya posted on his Facebook page. “I still have questions, many unanswered. Was the so-called labour migration an issue of economics or, as some would call it, systematic slavery?”

Much To The Land Promises won the Best Zimbabwean Documentary Film at the recent International Images Film Festival 2013 in Harare, following its Official Selection at this year’s Luxor International Film Festival in Egypt.

It is scheduled to launch in the UK on 6 October.

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