Sinclair Ingrid


Born in 1948, Ingrid studied English Literature and Medicine before training in film. She set up Zimmedia, an independent film and TV production company based in Harare and, as of 2004, in Bristol, England. Ingrid has eighteen years of prize-winning international experience with sales and commissions from Channel 4, Arte, Canal Plus and PBS. All Zimmedia’s programmes, whether documentary or fiction, have one thing in common: a powerful story that’s set in a real world most outsiders are unaware of, but which becomes instantly comprehensible through the universal appeal of emotional truth. Zimmedia’s work covers music, politics, economics, sculpture, history, environment, dance and human rights. In 1996, incensed by the injustice shown towards the women who had fought in the liberation struggle, Ingrid Sinclair wrote and directed FLAME, a full-length feature about two young village girls who joined the Zimbabwean guerrilla army in the War of Independence. Zimbabwean authorities seized the film and the War Veterans Association demanded it be banned, but it was selected for Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and won prizes around the world including the Nestor Almendros Human Rights Watch Award. Eventually the film was shown in Zimbabwe to packed cinema houses, spawning debates in the Zimbabwean media which carried on for three years. The film is still in demand today. In 2003, as civil liberty was being destroyed in Zimbabwe, faced by threats and the imprisonment of her partner, Ingrid decided to leave Zimbabwe for England until Zimbabwean politics allowed freedom of expression. Ingrid’s forte as a writer is her constant courage in handling complex stories, rendering them both accessible and exciting. Her belief that all people have a common set of values means that she picks out the universal angle in all situations. As a director she has specialised in teasing out the beauty of everyday situations, as well as the inherent conflict, injustice and drama. Filmography DANCE GOT ME (52’) GIVE US PEACE: ZIMBABWE (7.50’) THE PEOPLE’S LAW(26’) BIOPIRACY: WHO OWNS LIFE? (26’) (Wildscreen Festival; World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg & environmental conferences worldwide.) RICHES (26’) (WINNER of the City of Venice Prize, COE Prize, Milan. Screened at Venice Biennale.) TIDES OF GOLD (EDUCATION SERIES 6 X 13’) SABC TIDES OF GOLD (52’) (WINNER: Southern African Film Festival, Harare.) FLAME (90’) Winner of: Harare: OAU Prize: Best Film; Jury: Best Actress, Best Director; Human Rights Watch, New York: Nestor Almendros Prize; Special Jury Prize: Tunis; Amiens: Prix du Public, Jury: Best Actress. OCIC: Best Film; M-Net: Best Music; WINNER Annonay: Grand Prix: Best Film; Milan: Premio del Publico, Jury: Best First Film; Turin: Jury Award - Best Film, Youth Award -Best Feature Film and more…


Vezetéknév:Sinclair Személynév:Ingrid Születési idő:1948


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