The Resource Library of African cinema, Everyone's child, a project of California Newsreel ; a Media for Development Trust production ; with support from the British Overseas Development Administration and PLAN International ; produced by Jonny Persey, John Riber and Ben Zulu ; directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Library of African cinema, Everyone's child, a project of California Newsreel ; a Media for Development Trust production ; with support from the British Overseas Development Administration and PLAN International ; produced by Jonny Persey, John Riber and Ben Zulu ; directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Label
Library of African cinema, Everyone's child
Title
Library of African cinema
Title part
Everyone's child
Statement of responsibility
a project of California Newsreel ; a Media for Development Trust production ; with support from the British Overseas Development Administration and PLAN International ; produced by Jonny Persey, John Riber and Ben Zulu ; directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Contributor
Director
Producer
Production company
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Everyone's Child is an eloquent call for action on behalf of Africa's millions of parentless children. Through the tragic story of one Zimbabwean family devastated by AIDS, the film challenges Africans to reaffirm their tradition that an orphan becomes "Everyone's Child." Everyone's Child is the most recent production from Zimbabwe's Media for Development Trust (MFD). This prolific production company represents one significant trend among African filmmakers: producing feature films to intervene explicitly in urgent social issues. For example, MFD's first feature, Neria, which called on women to exercise their newly won legal rights against patriarchal custom, broke box office records so that eventually one in three Zimbabweans saw it. Everyone's Child was produced in direct response to the prediction that by the year 2000 there will be over 10,000,000 AIDS orphans on the African continent. At the same time, the film focuses attention on millions of other children left homeless by civil wars or abandoned because their parents could not support them. MFD first conceived Everyone's Child as a training tape for community-based orphan care programs. But the rapid spread of AIDS made the problem so acute they felt only a feature film could place the issue at the forefront of the national agenda. For their production team, MFD drew on some of the most creative young talent in Zimbabwe.The script was based on a story by novelist Shimmer Chinodya, author of Harvest of Thorns, and was directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of the novel Nervous Condition. The exceptional soundtrack features 12 original songs by Zimbabwe's most popular musicians, including Thomas Mapfumo, Leonard Zhakata and Andy "Tomato Sauce" Brown. Leading Zimbabwean actors star in the film, but many of the younger roles were played by actual streetchildren trained in a special workshop. Everyone's Child tells the story of four siblings, Itai, Tamari, Norah and Nhamo, whose parents have both died of AIDS. After a traditional funeral, the villagers, ignoring custom, shun the orphans because of the stigma of AIDS. Their guardian, Uncle Ozias, a struggling small businessman, sells the family's plow and oxen to pay off their father's debts. Without the means to support themselves, the family inevitably disintegrates.Itai, the eldest brother, chasing empty promises of high-paying jobs, leaves for Harare where, alone and penniless, he inevitably takes up with a gang of homeless boys. Their clothes, music and attitudes identify them as belonging to an international fraternity of forgotten youth who look to each other for family and to crime for a living.Itai's sister, Tamari, played with moving vulnerability by Nomsa Mlambo, is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Unable to afford food, deprived of affection, she is an easy victim for the predatory shopkeeper, Mdara Shaghi. The other villagers ostracize her as a prostitute and we can't help worrying that her promiscuous "benefactor" may be exposing her to HIV infection. One night, Shaghi brutally forces Tamari to leave the two younger children alone and accompany him to a club. In her absence their house catches fire and the younger brother, Nhamo, burns to death. Only the charred remnants of his toy helicopter remain, symbolizing the ruined dreams and promise of so many of Africa's young people. Nhamo's death finally convinces Uncle Ozias and the other villagers of their responsibility to help the three remaining children rebuild their lives. Everyone's Child offers its audience no easy answers: an official of an NGO tells the villagers that the problem of orphans is so wide-spread they cannot look to outside agencies or government for relief but must create their own self-reliant solutions.The audience watches this painful tragedy unfold knowing there is no one but adult society (in other words themselves) who can save children like these. As the now familiar African proverb says: "It takes a village to raise a child"
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
director of photography, Patrick Lindsell
Language note
In English
PerformerNote
Nomsa Mlambo, Thulani Sandhla, Walter Muparutsa, Elijah Madzikatire
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Dangarembga, Tsitsi
  • Zulu, Ben
  • Riber, John
  • Persey, Jonny
  • California Newsreel (Firm)
  • Media for Development Trust (Organization)
  • ProQuest (Firm)
  • Alexander Street Press
Runtime
83
Series statement
Academic Video Online leased
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • AIDS phobia
  • Orphans
Target audience
adult
Label
Library of African cinema, Everyone's child, a project of California Newsreel ; a Media for Development Trust production ; with support from the British Overseas Development Administration and PLAN International ; produced by Jonny Persey, John Riber and Ben Zulu ; directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Link
https://mccc.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?MARC;3644049
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from resource description page (viewed September 12, 2017)
  • Editor, Louise Riber
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ASP3644049/marc
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (83 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
  • v
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)1009119226
Video recording format
other
Label
Library of African cinema, Everyone's child, a project of California Newsreel ; a Media for Development Trust production ; with support from the British Overseas Development Administration and PLAN International ; produced by Jonny Persey, John Riber and Ben Zulu ; directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Link
https://mccc.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?MARC;3644049
Publication
Note
  • Title from resource description page (viewed September 12, 2017)
  • Editor, Louise Riber
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ASP3644049/marc
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (83 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
  • v
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)1009119226
Video recording format
other
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