Riches

Director: Ingrid Sinclair
Year: 2002
Country: Zimbabwe
Running Time: 26 min
Language: English

Riches was inspired by the writer Bessie Head. It follows the flight of a coloured teacher, Molly McBride and her son Peter, from apartheid South Africa to an isolated school in Zimbabwe. She finds life tough and the villagers hostile and conservative. Molly’s clash with the hypocritical headmaster leaves her jobless and in despair, but a simple gesture of friendship from one of the poorest members of the community inspires her to fight back and claim her place within her new society.

About the Director

Ingrid Sinclair

Biography: Ingrid Sinclair is a director and screenwriter who moved from England to Zimbabwe and become involved in the liberation struggle. Her pivotal first feature Flame, received prizes and standing ovations world-wide. Flame was selected for Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Sinclair is widely seen as part of the African Renaissance. In Flame and her previous prize winning documentary Bird From Another World, she deals with the day-to-day drama of politics, history, geography, culture and the way they affect people, turning them into both villains and heroes.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Flame (1997);
Tides of Gold (1998);
Mama Africa (2002) (segment “Riches“).

Filmography:
Limpopo Line (1989);
Wake Up (1989);
The Sanctions Debate (1990);
Bird From Another World (1991);
Better Trees From Better Seed (1994);
Sounds of the South (1996);
Flame (1996);
Tides of Gold (1998);
Mama Africa (2001) (segment “Riches“).