Rumbi Katedza

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Rumbi Katedza
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Born (1974-01-17) January 17, 1974 (age 45)

Rumbi Katedza is a Zimbabwean Film Producer and Director who was born on 17 January 1974.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

She did her Primary and Secondary Education in Harare, Zimbabwe. Katedza graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from McGill University, Canada in 1995. In 2008 Katedza received the Chevening Scholarship that enabled her to further her studies in film. She also holds a MA in Filmmaking from Goldsmiths College, London University.[4]

Work and Filmography[edit]

Katedza has experience in Film and TV Production, Directing, Writing as well as Producing and presenting Radio shows.[5] From 1994 to 2000, She produced and presented radio shows on Women's issues, Arts and Culture, Hip Hop and Acid Jazz for the CKUT (Montreal) and ZBC Radio 3 (Zimbabwe).[6][1] From 2004 - 2006, she served as the Festival Director of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival. Whilst there, she produced the Postcards from Zimbabwe Series.[7] In 2008, Katedza founded Mai Jai Films and has produced numerous films and television productions under the banner namely

  • Tariro (2008);[8]
  • Big House, Small House (2009);
  • The Axe and the Tree (2011);
  • The Team (2011)[9]
  • Playing Warriors (2012)[10]

Her early works include:

  • Danai (2002);[11]
  • Postcards from Zimbabwe (2006);
  • Trapped (2006 – Rumbi Katedza, Marcus Korhonen);
  • Asylum (2007);[4]
  • Insecurity Guard (2007)[4]

Rumbi Katedza is a part-time lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, in the department of Theatre Arts. She is a judge and monitor at the National Arts Merit Awards, responsible for monitoring new film and TV productions throughout the year on behalf of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.[12] She has also lobbied Zimbabwean government to actively support the film industry.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b "Rumbi Katedza". African Film Festival, Inc. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  2. ^ "A Feminist Break with Shona Tradition in the work of Rumbi Katedza?". 2014-02-02.
  3. ^ "Film in Zimbabwe - The Nordic Africa Institute". Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  4. ^ a b c "Rumbi Katedza's star shines". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  5. ^ "Rumbi Katedza". IFFR. 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ Ellerson, Beti (2012-02-17). "AFRICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA BLOG: A Conversation with Rumbi Katedza". AFRICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA BLOG. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  7. ^ "LIVE FROM ZIMBABWE". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  8. ^ "Rumbi Katedza - Festival Scope: Festivals on Demand for Film Professionals World Wide". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  9. ^ "The Team Zimbabwe | Common Ground Productions | Programmes | Search for Common Ground". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  10. ^ "HBF Award for Zimbabwean filmmaker and producer". IFFR. 2015-09-03. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  11. ^ "Rumbi Katedza". IFFR. 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  12. ^ "Arts Council Reveals NAMA Monitors - Zimbo Jam". Zimbo Jam. 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  13. ^ "Filmmaker urges Govt support". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  14. ^ "State of the Zimbabwe Film Industry | POVO". Retrieved 2018-03-08.

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