Kare Kare Zvako: Mother’s Day

Director: Tsitsi Dangarembga
Country: Zimbabwe
Year: 2005
Running Time: 14 min.
Language: Shona


A drought has struck. Father pushes his wife away from the family dinner of termites. When mother challenges him, he digs a pit with a brutal purpose. Based on an old Shona folktale and rendered as a musical, this film features a diverse range of contemporary Zimbabwean music.

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).