Shungu: The Resilience of a People

Saki Mafundikwa

'Shungu' follows the lives of ordinary people as Zimbabwe experiences political turmoil, economic meltdown and health care collapse. We see a 30-something metalsmith and opposition supporter who faces political violence, a middle-aged widow running a farm she took over from a white farmer, a doctor working amid health care collapse. Interwoven throughout is the tumultuous political power struggle between President Robert Mugabe, a liberator turned dictator who has been in power since 1980, and his nemesis opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. The film gives voice to the hopes and challenges of ordinary people, revealing life under one of Africa’s last “strongmen.” (IDFA 2009)

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Director
Saki Mafundikwa
Country
Zimbabwe
Type
Documentary
Duration
60 minutes
Themes
development, sustainable development, aid, education & schools, freedom of speech, association etc., health, illness, addiction, medical ethics, house & land issues, evictions, politics & democracy, poverty
Year
2009