University of Rochester

EVENT: Film Illustrates Women's Role in Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle

November 23, 2005

The untold story of women's participation in Zimbabwe's struggle for independence is the subject of a feature film that will be shown as part of the Africa Video and Film Series sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies at the University of Rochester. The film, titled Flame, will be screened at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.7, in room 314 of Morey Hall on the University's River Campus. It is free and open to the public.

Directed by Ingrid Sinclair and produced by Joel Phiri and Simon Bright, Flame takes place during Zimbabwe's civil war from 1972 to 1980 and follows the experiences of two teenaged girls who join the liberation army. The women who fought beside the men never told their stories after the war, and Sinclair's film pays tribute to their bravery and strength while revealing their isolation following the conflict.

Jennifer Stoever, predoctoral fellow at the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, will host a discussion with viewers following the screening. For more information, contact Stoever at (585) 273-3804 or check the institute's Web site at