Georgie Weedon at Gingerwink Films speaks to director Gabi Menezes about her documentary The Cure for Homesickness
The film explores what home means through the personal story of the director and her family. Like many Zimbabweans, the Menezes fled economic and political instability. They moved to Europe, but the pain of losing their home has always remained with them. Gabi Menezes turns her camera on her family, and explores the themes of memory, childhood, and exile. She journeys back to Zimbabwe for the first time in ten years and shows how the country has changed. When you are looking for something that belongs to the past, home lies in an imagined country.
Filmed in Europe, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Mali, and using rare archive footage of Zimbabwe dating back from the 1980’s, ‘The Cure for Homesickness’ is a poetic and moving journey about the search for identity and belonging. It is at once a deeply personal story of a family, but explores universal themes. It asks an audience to question what home means and how they define it.
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