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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Women in Film

Film Production in Africa has long been viewed as a field specifically meant for men with very few women involved in the technical aspect of film production. This has led to the industry being dominated by men, marginalizing women in the process.
IBhayiskopo means Film/Movie. The word is township lingo for Bioscope. The word was popular during the 60’s and early 90’s in Zimbabwe.

IBhayiskopo Film Project is a program biased towards young women. The project is based in Bulawayo and strives to capacitate and empower young women who wish to pursue a career in film production. It is a development meant to address the sex divide that had seen the film industry in Zimbabwe for years being considered a single sex domain.
Ibhayiskopo Project is operating on Zero Budget. The project is in the process of looking for funding to produce short films and documentaries as part of students’ practical assignments.  Facilitators have been helping the project on a voluntary basis.
The training program started in March 2011. The first 15 students will graduate in November. The students are from different backgrounds. Many are not able to pay fees and are only buying stationery and catering for their own transport.

The project will be running film workshops during Intwasa festival koBulawayo. Aspiring filmmakers can register for the workshops at Intwasa offices. 403 LAPF House.
8th Avenue/Jason Moyo St

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