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Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12pm to 12am

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A presentation from 2022–2023 Joy Foundation Fellow Tsitsi Dangarembga

Dangarembga is a novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. She is writing a creative nonfiction account of the movement and encounters of the Bantu people, who populated Southern Africa and are the forebears of the people today called the Shona, that also examines more recent migrations and encounters within Southern Africa to illuminate and help remedy the crisis of citizen agency that Shona-speaking Zimbabweans currently experience.

Tsitsi Dangarembga is a writer and filmmaker whose work centers the African experience, with a focus on Zimbabwe. Her 2020 Booker Prize–shortlisted novel This Mournable Body (Faber & Faber, 2020) completes her Tambudzai Trilogy, which traces the life of a rural girl from her childhood in colonial Zimbabwe to her adulthood in a country repressed by political elites. Dangarembga lives and works in Zimbabwe, where she is the founding director of the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA) Trust.

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