Growing Stronger

Director: Tsitsi Dangarembga
Country: Zimbabwe
Year: 2005
Running Time: 30 min
Language: English and Shona

After living a high profile life as a model and wife to the then coach of the Zimbabwe national football team, Tendayi Westerhof stunned the nation by becoming the first high profile person to go public about her HIV positive status in 2002. This beautiful woman has gone on to become a public figure in a very different way, as an elegant and glamorous AIDS activist in the world of modeling and the public media. Pamela Kanjenzana lives a very different life with her HIV infection in one of Zimbabwe’s high density suburbs. Nevertheless, she also manages to survive by living positively. Two remarkable examples of how living with the virus has changed their lives.

About the Director

Tsitsi Dangarembga

tsitsidangarembgaBiography: Tsitsi Dangarembga was born in Mutoko, Zimbabwe in 1959. She first made her name as a theatre writer/director and a novelist. She studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and psychology at the University of Zimbabwe before attending the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin. Her first novel, Nervous Conditions, was hailed by Doris Lessing as one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. In 2000 she returned to Zimbabwe with her husband and children to work full time at Nyerai Films, the production company she founded in Harare. She is also the executive director of Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe and is the founding director of the Women’s Film Festival of Harare. She has received several awards in Zimbabwe for her cultural contributions, and her films have won international awards in Africa and Europe.

Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.129.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Everyone’s Child (1997);
Mother’s Day [Kare Kare Zvako] (2007);
At the Water [Pamvura] (2007);
Growing Stronger (2008).

The Great Beauty Conspiracy (1994);
Passport to Kill (1994);
Schwarzmarkt (1995);
Everyone’s Child (1995);
The Puppeteer (1996);
Zimbabwe Birds (1998 – Tsitsi Dangarembga, Olaf Koschke);
Minen bis zum Horizont (2000);
On the Border (2000);
Hard Earth – Land Rights in Zimbabwe (2001);
Ivory (2001);
Elephant People (2002);
Mother’s Day [Kare Kare Zvako] (2004);
High Hopes (2004);
At the Water [Pamvura] (2005);
Growing Stronger (2005);
The Sharing Day (2008);
I Want a Wedding Dress (2010);
Ungochani (2010);
Nyami Nyami Amaji Abulozi (2011).