Everyone’s Child

Director: Tsitsi Dangarembga
Country: Zimbabwe
Year: 1995
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: English

Everyone’s Child tells the story of four siblings, Itai, Tamari, Norah and Nhamo, whose parents have both died of AIDS. The villagers, ignoring the usual custom, shun the orphans because of the stigma of AIDS. Their guardian, Uncle Ozias, who is a struggling small businessman, sells the family’s plow and oxen to pay off their father’s debts. Without the means to support themselves, the family disintegrates.

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.

(Sources:
http://www.kinodance.com/russia/2009films_programR10.html
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).

Filmography:
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).