We will have the opportunity to learn more about the country of Zimbabwe as we view two very different films:
Zimbabwe: State of Denial
Thirty years after becoming a nation, and 30 years after Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF came to power, Zimbabwe does not appear to have fulfilled the hopes that so many had at independence. Both ZANU PF and the MDC appear to be in a state of denial about the true condition of Zimbabwe at 30, and this cannot be the best way for the country to start its fourth decade as a nation. A country which was meant to have buried the racism of white minority rule has once again become a place where some Zimbabweans are more equal than others. A land which once exported billions in agricultural products will, it seems, spend another year reliant on food aid.
Music by Prudence
Music by Prudence tells a self-empowering story of one young woman's struggle who (together with her band) overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds and in her own voice conveys to the world that disability does not mean inability. In addition to its sheer emotional punch, Music by Prudence has become the cornerstone of an advocacy campaign and has been embraced by the UN, Human Rights Watch and by the disability community as an unprecedented portrayal advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities.
The film festival will be held at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church (map) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th. This event is one in a series of celebrations honoring the 10th Anniversary of the Partnership of Zimbabwe and Denver Presbyteries (PZDP). To learn more about the PZDP click here. To read more about all of the anniversary events click here.