BY DEMETRIA MANYONGA
THE Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust (ZIFFT) has partnered with Zimbabwe Heritage Trust to launch the Narratives from Zimbabwe, a project designed to broaden the country’s history and culture knowledge base.
Festival director Nakai Matema said the project — which will record the history, culture and social foundation in Zimbabwean films — was officially launched in February last year and will run until 2021.
“Zimbabwe has a strong heritage that is being lost because we have tended to rely on oral and unrecorded transmissions, thus putting this highly valuable knowledge at risk of being lost,” she said.
“The project’s aim is to identify and capture Zimbabwe’s narratives as audio and video recordings, to create a resource that creative practitioners can draw from to produce new cultural artefacts for society to interact with.”
Matema said the Narratives from Zimbabwe project would present information in the form of an interactive digital archive-driven website, and those interested in Zimbabwe’s history, heritage, and culture would be free to browse.
The project was funded by the European Union and Interarts Foundation for International Cultural Co-operation, Barcelona, as part of its culture at work in Africa.
Culture at work Africa is a consortium of eight African, European and international partners who have joined with the European Union in creating opportunities and mobilising stakeholders to promote dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas in Africa into a driver for social inclusion and sustainable human development.