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11 September 2015

A short by Rumbi Katedza: Asylum

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The post originally highlighted African women via films online during the Directed by Women worldwide film viewing party - 1-15 September 2015, with a focus on Rumbi Katedza.
The post has been revised to feature the short film Asylum. The other short film which was included, Danai, is no longer available: Synopsis. When a woman reaches her limits in an abusive relationship, she decides to take a stand.


Rumbi Katedza talks about Asylum: "...I saw a news piece on refugees in the UK. What struck me about the stories was how so many of the people still experienced fear every day of their lives because they were still haunted by the experiences they went through. Unfortunately, no one seemed to be helping them psychologically. The assumption was, if you are in a ‘safe’ country, then all is fine, but to be honest, you are never safe from the prison that your mind can create for you. Making the film with no dialogue was a very deliberate choice, because I felt no words had to be said to convey the war that continued to be waged in the character’s mind every day. I spent time with Sudanese refugees in London who were very generous with their stories, and they appreciated the film once it was made.The film has travelled to scores of festivals now and won a couple of awards, and wherever it goes, it resonates with audiences. The character in the film could be from anywhere because her experience is a universal one."

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