Director: Alla Kovgan and David Hinton
Country: USA / UK / Mozambique
Year: 2008
Running Time: 35 min.
Language: English


Based on a true story, Nora takes us to the Zimbabwe of dancer Nora Chipaumire’s childhood as she journeys through the vivid memories of her youth. With the help of local performers and dancers of all ages, she brings her story to life in a swiftly moving poem of sound and image.

About the Director

David Hinton and Alla Kovgan

david_hintonBiography: David Hinton is a director who has made many documentaries for British television. His subjects have included artists of all kinds, including painter Francis Bacon, filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, writer Alan Bennett, and choreographer Karole Armitage. He has also made films about Dostoyevsky, rock and roll, visual comedy, and the Cultural Revolution in China. He is best known in the dance world for Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men and Strange Fish, his film versions of stage shows by DV8 Physical Theatre. He has also made performance films with Adventures in Motion Pictures, the Alvin Ailey Company and the Royal Swedish Ballet, and he has collaborated with several choreographers to create original dance works for the screen. He has twice won British Academy awards for his documentaries, and his dance films have won many awards, including a Prix Italia, an Emmy, and the IMZ Dance Screen Award. In 2008 he co-directed the film Nora (with Alla Kovgan), based on childhood memories of the self-exiled Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire.

Alla KovganBiography: Born in Moscow in 1973, Alla Kovgan has been sharing her time between Russia and the US since 1996 making films, installations, and stage intermedia performances in collaboration with artists from different disciplines as well as teaching and curating dance film and avant-garde cinema around the world. Her breakthrough film Nora (36′, 2008), co-directed with David Hinton and based on true stories of a Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire, received 30 awards in every kind of genre (fiction, documentary, video art). After being broadcast on ARTE, PBS, TV3 (Spain), NRK (Norway) and SVT (Sweden) and presented at over 200 festivals and venues including MoMA, Louvre and Tate Modern, it was selected to represent the US at Input 2011. Alla also co-directed, wrote and edited Emmy-nominated Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2007) and Movement (R)evolution Africa (2007).


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Movement (R)evolution Africa (2010 – Joan Frosch, Alla Kovgan);
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2011 – Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray);
Nora (2010).

Glen Baxter (1983 – David Hinton);
Alan Bennett (1984 – David Hinton);
Siobhan Davies (1985 – David Hinton);
Little Richard (1985 – David Hinton);
Francis Bacon (1985 – David Hinton);
John Godber (1986 – David Hinton);
John Cleese (1986 – David Hinton);
Michael Powell (1986 – David Hinton);
Karole Armitage (1986 – David Hinton);
The Modern World: Ten Great Writers – Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ (1988 – David Hinton);
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988 – David Hinton);
Bernardo Bertolucci and The Last Emperor (1988 – David Hinton);
Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men (1989 – David Hinton);
Dancelines: Jacob’s Dream (1991 – David Hinton);
Building Sites: County Arcade (1991 – David Hinton);
Funny Business – Visual Comedy (1992 – David Hinton);
Strange Fish (1993 – David Hinton);
Great Performances: Two by Dove (1994 – David Hinton);
Late Flowering Lust (1994 – David Hinton);
Dance for Camera: Touched (1995 – David Hinton);
Children of the Revolution (1995 – David Hinton);
Diary of a Dancer (1997 – David Hinton);
Belongings (1998 – Alla Kovgan);
Aching (1999 – Alla Kovgan);
4 Dance: Critical Mass (1999 – David Hinton);
Surface (2000 – Alla Kovgan);
Dance for Camera: Birds (2001 – David Hinton);
African Dance: Sand, Drum and Shostakovich (2002 – Alla Kovgan);
Arcus (2003 – Alla Kovgan);
Touch (2003 – Alla Kovgan);
Body of Water: Snow (2003 – David Hinton);
Art from the Arctic (2004 – David Hinton);
The Cost of Living (2004 – David Hinton);
Broken Fall (2006 – David Hinton);
Movement (R)evolution Africa (2007 – Joan Frosch, Alla Kovgan);
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2007 – Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray);
Nora (2008);
Russia’s Pepsi Generation (2009 – Alla Kovgan);
New London Calling (2010 – Alla Kovgan);
All This Can Happen (2012 – Siobhan Davies, David Hinton).