Zambia Arts Documentary

by Lisa Woods in Zambia

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On 6th December 2019 we successfully raised £295 with 11 supporters in 49 days

We aim to strengthen the estranged relationship between young people in the West and young people in Zambia through a focus on the arts.

by Lisa Woods in Zambia

@zedartsdoc on INSTA

What's the project all about?

In the 1970s, Zamrock propelled Zambian arts to the world stage. A mixture of traditional Zambian music and psychedelic rock, Zamrock is the love child of Jimi Hendrix and Amayenge (a popular Zambian music group who play the kalindula sound). However, ask people outside of Zambia about Zamrock or Zambian arts today and a confused look will appear on their face, bewildered at the fact that 'Africa' would hold any other cultural treasures other than poverty, wild animals and a cocktail of political, economic and social instability.

Zambia still holds a rich creative scene, however, it is largely ignored by the Western media, meaning that artists do not get the recognition that they deserve. We aim to shine a light on young artists in Zambia, in hopes to change the old and tired narrative of 'Africa'. Therefore, we will look at the young fashion designer using authentic Chitenge cloth to craft a bomber jacket; the rapper glorifying Zambian culture; the poet using their voice to illuminate everyday life in Zambia.

Who are we?

We are a team of 5. The director Lisa Woods is a recent graduate of Journalism from City, University of London. Being half-Zambian herself, she sees the lack of diversity in the Western narrative of Africa. The rest of the team is made up of young Zambian-born photographers and videographers who work under their self-made company Pristine Images. Ernest Mundia is the founder of Pristine Images, working alongside Kafwa Sichilima Zombe, Mukasa Chitesha and Josephat Tembo.

As our aim is to change the Western narrative of Africa, the director Lisa Woods decided that this would be better achieved by working with a team who are based in Zambia. Therefore, we are telling the story of Zambia from the people within the country, as opposed to an outsider perspective.

What's the doc format and how much have you done already?

The documentary will be split in 4 parts, focusing on music, poetry, fashion and visual arts. The episodes will be approximately 15 minutes long, excluding the music episode which will be a special approximately 40 minutes in length.

Our filming has already begun and we have already established contact with everyone who will feature. We aim to have a finished product by January.

What are you using my money for?

We are asking for funding to cover travel costs and general time spent on the documentary. As a team, we aim to dedicate our full time to this project, however, this proves very difficult whilst we do not have financial stability.

How do I keep up to date with the process?

You can follow our Instagram account @zedartsdoc where we regularly post updates.

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