At the Heart of Resistance

At the Heart of Resistance


Women's grassroots activism

At The Heart of Resistance captures the spirit of a unique campaigning group – Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) – whose clarion call is 'The power of love can conquer the love of power'. Made up of footage gathered in Zimbabwe despite the country's stringent media controls, the film is a rare insight into grassroots activism and the politicisation of a group of women who've become aware of their rights and are passionate about gaining them.

Spirited sisterhood

'The freedoms we were promised by our liberation leaders have not been fulfilled' say WOZA. We see them, forceful, outspoken and articulate, as they develop their resistance strategies. They are spirited and strong, marching and singing - a sisterhood of astonishingly good cheer given the grim circumstances they and their families face each day.

Zimbabwe's elections approach

In the run-up to Zimbabwe's most recent round of elections WOZA gathers to plan and carry out a series of demonstrations marking Valentine's Day 2008. Their aim is to encourage their fellow Zimbabweans to use their vote wisely, and they take to the streets with placards, flyers and song in spite of pre-election intimidation and heightened security.

Jubilation and tension

There is jubilation in Bulawayo as the police stand on the sidelines while passers by shout encouragement and join in the march, and tension as a call from the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation confirms that WOZA is being closely watched, and defiance in Harare when we meet women who have just been brutally beaten.

This film offers a refreshingly positive picture of courage and determination in the quest for social justice in Zimbabwe.


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Title At the Heart of Resistance
Edition First Edition
Filmed/photographed by Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading POL053000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 14 April 2009
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: JP      94 Thema geographical qualifier: 1H