American filmmaker Zim offers his own expertise to develop the local industry


HARARE – US-based filmmaker Munyaradzi Munyati has said he is willing to offer his expertise accumulated over many years overseas to help improve Zimbabwe’s still struggling film industry. lags behind other countries in terms of advanced knowledge, technology and access to competitive resources.

Speaking to ZimLive by phone from his base, Munyati also encouraged his fellow Zimbabweans who have gathered their own expertise in different areas of the arts industry overseas to share their knowledge with their compatriots to “encourage the next generation of filmmakers and creators”. ”.

Now 26, the artist left Zimbabwe for Hong Kong at the age of 17 and has traveled to different parts of the world, deepening his knowledge and understanding of film and media.

“I didn’t think I would be able to work in the arts until I left Zimbabwe and learned the many ways people can be artists today,” he says.

Munyati now works at Vice Media and thinks her achievement could help draw attention to the fact that the arts in Zimbabwe need investment from abroad.

As a Zimbabwean who has succeeded at the highest level of commerce, Munyati says he is ready to inspire his compatriots so that they too can soar in their beloved craft.

He says Zimbabwe has talent and a hunger for success among artists, but what holds many filmmakers back from realizing their dreams is access to resources.

Munyati says of his exploits in the arts: “I spent two years in Hong Kong where I did most of my technical training in the camera.

“I then spent a year in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a Media Fellow for the Year of the Global Citizen, where I documented my experiences living in the Amazon using multimedia.

“My formal education in film and media began at Middlebury College where I graduated Cum Laude with Honors in Film and Media Literacy.

“Additionally, I spent time at the New York Film Academy where I took the 8-week Certificate of Directing Course.”

He added: “My first short, ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Stranger Forever’ is a political documentary that tackles the issues surrounding Zimbabwe’s severe ‘brain drain’.

“This short film exemplifies my success in presenting the lived realities of Zimbabweans in an engaging and informative way while remaining true to the mission of sharing stories of Zimbabweans and Zimbabweans, which I always try to do in my work. .

“Following the success of my short film, I was hired by Vice Media Group to join their digital video team as associate producer.

“As part of this team, I take an active role in pitching ideas and producing videos from start to finish before they are delivered to Vice’s digital platform.

“Some notable videos I’ve worked on recently are: King of Coney Island – Bing Bong, How a Chemical Company Created a Ghost Town, Overlooked King Crab, Omakase & Suckling Pig, Cote Chef’s Night Out.”

Each of these videos has over 200,000 views and performs well on the digital platform.

The “King of Coney Island – Bing Bong” video is the first video Munyati has submitted to Vice in my first month and far surpasses the average video on Vice’s digital platform (benchmark is 100k the first day, this video was at 250k on day one and has been steadily increasing and is steadily approaching 1 million views).

Munyati adds, “As a Zimbabwean who grew up in Harare watching Vice News, I never imagined that one day I would see Zimbabweans acting as producers in such a big media company, let alone being the Zimbabwean who produces!

“My goals regarding my work in film and media have always been a desire to ensure that Zimbabweans are represented in global media and although my current work is largely focused on sharing stories, my ultimate goal regarding film and media is to make sure that I can create a space in Zimbabwe where young Zimbabweans can have access to the equipment and education to become some of the best filmmakers and journalists in the world.


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