Book Café screens 'Iron Ladies of Liberia'

HARARE – Book Café’s Wednesday Film Club presents a documentary on Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s first year as head of the West African nation.

Titled Iron Ladies of Liberia (2007), this critically acclaimed film on  Africa’s first elected female leader is presented by International Images Film Festival (IIFF) in conjunction with Pamberi Trust and The Book Café.

Directed by Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge, the film probes some of the reasons African nations do not prosper from their own natural resources, while giving an extensive insight into leadership and gender dynamics within African countries.  

The film was named best feature film by a woman director at the 15th annual African Diaspora Film Festival.

The Wednesday Film Club at The Book Café began as an opportunity for films shown at the International Images Film Festival (IIFF) to be re-screened to a wider audience.

Over time, the film club grew to accommodate films from embassies and organisations that use film as a means of communicating cultural and social issues.

It also began to include films from the personal collections of filmmakers and film lovers who wanted to share their favourite or classic films with others.

Four years on, the Wednesday Film Club at Book Cafe now encourages the appreciation of the art of filmmaking among Zimbabwean audiences, as well as highlighting the work of young, up-and-coming Zimbabwean and African filmmakers in particular.

Films screened include feature-length films, shorts, documentaries, trailers, previews and animated films.

Rudo Chakanyuka, the Pamberi Trust Multi-Media Officer who runs the Wednesday Film Club says: “There has been an increase in the number of locally made films being brought for screening at The Book Café by emerging filmmakers,” said Chakanyuka.

“We offer them this space to get feedback from the audience and from experienced filmmakers who sometimes attend the screenings.

“This helps them improve on their skills, find opportunities to collaborate with others, and network.  Local films are always very popular with the audience because we have a natural appetite for watching films made by us, for us, about us — stories that we can relate to, in our own languages and set in familiar locales.”

The Wednesday Film Club screens films every Wednesday starting at 6pm.

On the first Wednesday of every month, the IIFF In the Club series screens a film that was either shown at last year’s International Images Film Festival (IFF), or that was produced or directed by a member of Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ).

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