Neria

Director: Godwin Mawuru
Country: Zimbabwe
Year: 1992
Running Time: 103 min.
Language: English

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Based on events in director Godwin Mawuru’s own life, Neria ruefully illustrates deliberate perversion of traditional customs for the sake of personal greed. Neria has built a comfortable life in the city, but when Patrick is tragically killed, Neria finds herself caught in the clutches of her husband’s family. Invoking “tradition,” her brother-in-law first takes all of her money and possessions as well as her children, leaving her with little more than her clothes. Another impressive feature debut, Neria is a fascinating portrait of a society in transition as well as a powerful feminist statement.