Flame (1996)


Flame was the first Zimbabwean film since independence and is a tribute to the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army’s female guerrillas. In the 1970s in former Rhodesia, the people stand up against the oppressors. As war reaches rural villages, friends Florence and Nyasha run away from home to join the fighters in Mozambican training camps. Both adopt revolutionary identities: Nyasha becomes Liberty, while Florence brands herself Flame. Flame created controversy in Zimbabwe, as the realistic depiction of the treatment of women in the liberation army was seen as anti-nationalist. The film also serves as a critique for post-independence Zimbabwe, and Mugabe’s rule.

Director: Ingrid Sinclair.
Writers: Ingrid Sinclair, Barbara Jago, Philip Roberts, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Celine Gilbert, Charles Mungoshi.
Stars: Marian Kunonga, Ulla Mahaka, Moise Matura, Norman Madawo, Dick ‘Chinx’ Chingaira, Lawrence Simbarashe, Simon Shumba, David Musvaire, Sithembiso Gumbo, Phoebe Muhwati, Pelagia Viasi, Philip Mushangwe, Beloved Jambawo, Jackie Jojo, Stanford Sengu, Robina Chombe, Samantha Muringani, Evaristo Grey Mwatse, Elton Mjanana, Jorge Ferrao, Enoch Nyati, Albert Tapera, Lina Mwale, Herbe Murape, Ransom Mahaka, John Chisukwa, Camilla Phiri, Helen Guri, Linah Ziutshwana, Tendai Marembo, Thandiwe Mudengezi.

1996 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Camera.

English subtitles available, to enable them on the video player click on the cogwheel, select the last option, then choose between Regular or SDH subtitles.


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