Danish Film Festival comes to Harare

HARARE - All is set for the first ever Danish Film Festival to be held in Zimbabwe which will run at Alliance Francaise Harare on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The two-day festival, being organised by the Royal Danish Embassy Office in association with the Danish Film, will have no entry charge.

Erik Brøgger Rasmussen, the head of mission at the Royal Danish Embassy Office in Harare, told the Daily News that the two-day event was meant to showcase some of his country’s iconic films.

“Denmark has a long and strong cinema tradition and has produced some of the world’s most renowned film directors, movies and actors. This year’s event is a pilot project to introduce Danish cinema to the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

The festival will feature four award-winning films which will be screened free of charge to all cinema enthusiasts over the two-day period.

Danish films have received international acclaim for their frankness, distinct visual style, technical innovation, realism and challenging storylines based on religious and moral themes which express Danish culture and identity.

Rasmussen added that the film festival will create new a platform for promoting stronger bilateral relations, understanding and cooperation between Zimbabwe and Denmark through interaction and culture.

“The international policy community recognises that culture is a key contributor to sustainable development alongside economics, socio-politics and the environment.

“We believe that culture underpins development and should be part of the development agenda and this event is yet another step in Denmark’s re-engagement process to rebuild ties with Zimbabwe.”

As part of its development cooperation with Zimbabwe, Denmark last year provided a $1 million grant to support interventions that enhance the role of culture as a medium for free expression in Zimbabwe.

The grant is managed by the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust and will be invested in a variety of initiatives over the next two years to strengthen the capacity of key cultural operators in the country.

Denmark and Zimbabwe have a long history of cooperation dating back to the struggle for independence when the Nordic country was a strong supporter of the liberation movement.

Since 2008, Denmark has emerged as one of Zimbabwe’s biggest bilateral donors.

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