Zimbabwe has an active film culture that includes films made in Zimbabwe during its pre- and post-colonial periods. Economic crisis and political crisis have been features of the industry.[1] A publication from the 1980s counted 14 cinemas in Zimbabwe's capital city, Harare.[2] According to a 1998 report only 15 percent of the population had been to a cinema.[3] European and American films have been made on location in Zimbabwe as well as Indian films. American films are popular in Zimbabwe but face restrictions limiting their distribution.[4]


Great Britain's Colonial Film Unit was active in Zimbabwe.[5][6] Zimbabwe's post-colonial government has worked to sponsor film development.[5] Germany helped fund a film training and production program.[7]


The Zimbabwe Film Festival

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Zimbabwean directors include Tsitsi Dangarembga, Rumbi Katedza, Roger Hawkins (film director), Godwin Mawuru, Michael Raeburn, Farai Sevenzo, Ingrid Sinclair, Sydney Taivavashe, and Edwina Spicer.

Zimbabwean actors include: Munya Chidzonga, Tongayi Chirisa, Adam Croasdell, John Indi, Dominic Kanaventi, Edgar Langeveldt, Tawanda Manyimo, l Cont Mhlanga and Lucian Msamati. Zimbabwean actresses include Chipo Chung, Carole Gray, Kubi Indi, and Sibongile Mlambo.

Several films cover the Rhodesian Bush War.

Zimbabwe hosts the International Images Film Festival for Women and Zimbabwe International Film Festival.

Keith Shiri is a Zimbabwean film curator.


Films from Rhodesia

Films from Zimbabwe include:

The film Lumumba (film) was filmed in Zimbabwe.


  1. ^ Thompson, Katrina Daly (September 22, 2013). Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts: Language, Power, Identity. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0253006462 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Africa Calls Handbook of Zimbabwe". Roblaw Pub. – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Waldahl, Ragnar (September 22, 1998). Perspectives on media, culture and democracy in Zimbabwe. Dept. of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. ISBN 9788257061050 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ McCrea, Barbara; Pinchuck, Tony (September 22, 1996). Zimbabwe and Botswana: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781858281865 – via Google Books.
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  6. ^ Burns, James McDonald (September 23, 2002). Flickering Shadows: Cinema and Identity in Colonial Zimbabwe. Ohio University Press. ISBN 9780896802247 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Diawara, Manthia (September 22, 1992). African Cinema: Politics & Culture. Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253207074 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Harper, Graeme; Rayner, Jonathan; Rayner, Jonathan R. (September 22, 2010). Cinema and Landscape. Intellect Books. ISBN 9781841503097 – via Google Books.