Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts

Language, Power, Identity

Katrina Daly Thompson



This timely book reflects on discourses of identity that pervade local talk and texts in Zimbabwe, a nation beset by political and economic crisis. As she explores questions of culture that play out in broadly accessible local and foreign film and television, Katrina Daly Thompson shows how viewers interpret these media and how they impact everyday life, language use, and thinking about community. She offers a unique understanding of how media reflect and contribute to Zimbabwean culture, language, and ethnicity.


A welcome corrective to the lack of serious scholarship in this area and of interest to a variety of disciplines, in particular, communication studies, ethnic and area studies, and media and cultural studies. ―Lucia Saks


Katrina Daly Thompson is Professor and Director of the Program in African Languages in the Department of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.