Special Screening of Zimbabwean Feature Film ‘Shaina’ at ZIFF 2022

  Sep 14, 2022

Press Release

Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2022

Special Screening – Shaina

Harare, September 14th, 2022. We will be screening the Zimbabwean feature film, ‘Shaina’, 2020, thanks to USAID. It is directed by Beautie Masvaure Alt and produced by Siphiwe Hlabangane. It will be screened at the ZIFFTHub at 2 Canterbury Road, Kensington on Thursday, the 15th of September at 7pm. We are excited to have this film screen at the festival, and cannot wait to have you watch it with us!

Shaina is the story of Shine, a teenager in Zimbabwe who doesn’t believe in herself. In the face of life-altering events, she is forced to rely on her own ingenuity and determination to face her future. It’s a story of forgiveness and friendship, of creating a new family from the people who love you, and of the power inside every girl, whether she knows it is there or not. Rooted in human-centered design and surrogate-based behavior change, this movie will become an important part of youth culture in Zimbabwe and across sub-Saharan Africa, instilling in young women a growth mindset essential for health, agency, and self-efficacy, this story will also challenge harmful gender norms by driving a culture of positive masculinity.


Beautie Masvaure Alt is a Zimbabwean born Filmmaker. She spent 16 years in the television industry in Southern Africa, starting as a continuity/script supervisor on features and TV dramas and working her way up to directing multi episode series. She’s directed two documentaries for UNICEF Zimbabwe and edited a book project of oral narratives of Zimbabwean lives called “Don’t Listen to What I’m About to Say.”


Siphiwe Hlabangane is South African actor and producer and a product of National School of Arts and post that he was involved in a lot of theatre productions such as Les Liasons Dangereuses-2003; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead-2005; Nongogo-2005; The Beauty of Us-2005 (a self-written play); Antony and Cleopatra-2006; and The Meeting-2007. It’s his television work though that has brought him prominence in the industry with credits on shows like Yizo Yizo 2 (2001), Mthunzini.com (2005), Muvhango (2004-2007), Egoli (2008) and Konsternassie Oppie Stasie (2009). Currently he can be seen in the Castle Lager advert where he plays one of Vuyo’s friends and he is also a presenter on SABC’s Kaelo.

Production Company

Quizzical Pictures, formerly known as Curious Pictures until 2012, is a South African film and television production company based in the Johannesburg area. The company was originally founded as Weekly Mail Television in 1993 and then Mail & Guardian Television. The company separated from the Mail & Guardian in 1999, becoming Curious Pictures. As to avoid confusion with the American production company of the same name, the company’s name changed again in 2012 to Quizzical Pictures. In 2014, the studio moved to a warehouse facility in Randburg.  Dramas, comedies, and reality joints produced by Quizzical have garnered a number of awards and nominations, including at the SAFTAs, Africa Movie Academy Awards, the Rose d’Or, Peabody Award, and International Emmy Awards.