Documentary to ‘resurrect’ Dzamara

THE life of human rights activist Itai Dzamara — who disappeared without trace on March 9, 2015 — after staging solo demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe’s regime is set to be captured in a documentary to be released soon as the production team was now tying up loose ends.

BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI

Itai Dzamara
Itai Dzamara

The journalist and activist’s brother Patson Dzamara, who is the project’s executive director, told NewsDay yesterday that the documentary was meant to outline Itai’s life, but with particular focus on the role he played as a political activist.

“The documentary is essentially an encapsulation of Itai Dzamara’s life story, although its mainstay is on his life as an activist,” he said, adding that it was a partnership with Amnesty International.

Partson said Itai was among the brave individuals, who dared the brutal regime and ushered in the current wave of the citizens’ movement under the banner of #ThisFlag following the disbanding of the Government of National Unity in 2013.

“Itai petitioned Mugabe in 2014 over what he perceived, as the government’s failure to run the affairs of the country. That led him to form the Occupy Africa Unity Square social movement. Under his leadership, Occupy Africa Unity Square staged many demonstrations during a time of political apathy,” he said.

Patson said daring the regime made him a marked man, paving the way for his “abduction by what we strongly believe to be State security agencies” and it was critical for his story to be told.

Patson, who will provide oversight on the project, however, said the documentary was not just about his brother but every Zimbabwean.

“Itai is now an emblematic figure and we are using his case study to set precedence in Zimbabwe regarding the rule of law and human rights,” he said.

Patson said the documentary was meant to inspire people to stand up for what is right regardless of the cost and to demonstrate the Zanu PF government’s failure to uphold fundamentals of human rights and the rule of law as provided for in the Zimbabwe Constitution.

He said there we still exploring possibilities of later turning the documentary into a movie.

5 Comments

  1. ZvekwaDzamara yangova nyaya yaPATSON Kutsvaga pekumora using his brother’s name.HE cant do anything of his own besides making daily headlines with all sorts of projects under the Itai Dzamara’s life….ini kuonawo kwangu kuti PATSON’S AIM is to make money from sympathizers of ITAI and i doubt if all these projects are benefiting the young widow and Itai’s kids?

  2. Givemore you are mad, unopenga, The Dzamara’s have lost more than you think they can get. You cant buy Itai Dzamara’s life. Itai was fighting for cowards like you and me. The world should never stop talking about Itai until those who killed him no longer want to hear the chorus otherwise they will continue to kill innocent people for nothing.

  3. I support you bonzo. what you are saying 100% correct. zvinorwadza especially kuwife nevana va Itai who is going to fill his gap to his family. ngativei vanhu vanonamata chokwadi ngamirei panzvimbo veduwe chii chinonzi mari paupenyu hwemunhu. isu vamwe tese taitoti dai vakamurova zvavo vakamusiya ari mupenyu.

  4. weldone Patson keep fighting

  5. Yah is true but he needs suport from us

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