The core creative production team
Agnieszka Piotrowska is an acclaimed filmmaker and a Reader in Film Practice and Theory at the University of Bedfordshire. Theoretically she works on the intersection of critical theory, post-colonial theory and psychoanalysis. As a filmmaker she is best known for her controversial and award winning documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower (2008) which had been screened in 50 countries. She has been nominated for 3 EMMY’s and was awarded the Best Film at the Fred Wiseman’s Master Class at the Dublin Film Festival for her film The Bigamists (2005). Her previous film on Zimbabwe was nominated for the Best Documentary at the International Images Film Festival in 2013 (as the only non-African film). She is also a theatre practitioner and a writer. In 2009 she was invited to participate in an exhibition in Barbican on the most successful artists of Polish origin, including Paul Pawlikowski and Zygmun Baumant. Piotrowska is currently working on a book about cinema and the arts in contemporary Zimbabwe as well as developing a fictional feature film in Zimbabwe about a black and white love affair between the writer Dambudzo Marechera and Flora Veit Wild. Piotrowska is the author of the monograph Psychoanalysis and Ethics in Documentary Film (2014, Routledge) and the editor of the volume Embodied Encounters: New Approaches to Cinema and Psychoanalysis (2015, Routledge). She runs a research initiative funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers called Psychoanalysis in Our Time. At our conference we will show her new film Lovers in Time – or how we didn’t get arrested in Zimbabwe (2015), followed by a discussion with Prof Thomas Elsaesser, Prof Lib Taylor and Dr Lisa Purse.
Joe Njagu – is the premiere filmmaker in Zimbabwe. He wrote and directed two award winning feature films Lobola (2010) and The Gentleman (2011). He is the recipient of the Award for the Best Director at the American Film Festival in 2012. Njagu has collaborated with Piotrowska on Lovers in Time as well as the two shorts about Flora Veit-Wild and Dammbudzo Marechera.