Black and White

Cinema, politics and the arts in Zimbabwe

Agnieszka Piotrowska


Book not available in Zimbabwe.


In Black and White Agnieszka Piotrowska presents a unique insight into the contemporary arts scene in Zimbabwe – an area that has received very limited coverage in research and the media. The book combines theory with literature, film, politics and culture and takes a psychosocial and psychoanalytic perspective to achieve a truly interdisciplinary analysis. Piotrowska focuses in particular on the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) as well as the cinema, featuring the work of Rumbi Katedza and Joe Njagu. Her personal experience of time spent in Harare, working in collaborative relationships with Zimbabwean artists and filmmakers, informs the book throughout.


The volume is an indispensable contribution to post-colonial studies and invaluable for film scholars and makers. As an exemplary case study of how practice research can shape theory, Black and White will set new standards.’ - Thomas Elsaesser, Columbia University


Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska is an acclaimed theorist and an award winning documentary filmmaker, who uses psychoanalysis and philosophy alongside her creative practice research.