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Petrichor is an experimental short film that blurs the line between documentary, art house and digital poetry. The film combines unstaged vérité footage with field audio recordings, mbira and classical music, and a melancholic jazz sensibility to craft an emotional, rather than linear, narrative. It tells a story of love and loss, death and rebirth, memories and dreams. It is a visual love letter to Zimbabwe, and is intensely personal in its exploration of family and home, but is also regional in scope, featuring images from Kenya, Eswatini and South Africa alongside those from Zimbabwe.

Petrichor won the Best Sound Editing category of THE BIOSKOP Short Film Competition by the European Film Festival Zimbabwe. 

European Film Festival Zimbabwe

The online European Film Festival aims to be a magic mirror that we can use to jointly get through the current challenging times we are witnessing. The festival displays the variety and the complexity of the European Union’s culture through innovative film programming, opening up paths for further fruitful interpersonal and cultural relationships. We hope this virtual festival will contribute to making the film sector a key driver for dialogue, especially in the current situation, where culture and creativity have become more important than ever.

The Bioskop Short Film Competition

2020 was the inaugural year of THE BIOSKOP Short Film Competition by the European Film Festival Zimbabwe and it was held under the theme ‘Life as we DON’T know it!’ The competition called upon Zimbabwean filmmakers to think outside the box and offer a fresh perspective on life amid COVID-19 and in the realm of limited resources.

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