Being arrested won’t end my fight for Zim, says top author


Being arrested won’t end my fight for Zim, says top author

Man Booker Prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga was calling for the release of a journalist when she was held

Sharon Mazingaizo

Tsitsi Dangarembga is accustomed to being a trailblazer. Nominated for the coveted Man Booker Prize this year, the 61-year-old was the first black Zimbabwean woman to direct a feature film. Now she can add the unfortunate title of arrestee to her list of achievements, for Dangarembga was among those arrested last week during protests against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime.

“At the moment, Zimbabwe’s future looks rather bleak. Whether we weather this storm to turn the nation around or not will depend on the calibre of Zimbabwean citizens and our ability to face up to crisis,” Dangarembga said in an interview with Times Select.

“I’m inspired by the world around me, the inconsistencies and imbalances (regrettably, her home country is a good start), the emptinesses and attempts at filling the void, the desire to be more than what we are and the fear of that change and, at the same time, the fear of who we are.”..

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