ZIFF2022 Closing Film ‘Mirage’

  Sep 26, 2022

Press Release

Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2022

Closing Film – Mirage

Harare, September 17th, 2022. We are happy to announce that our closing film for the Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2022 will be the feature film, ‘Mirage’, directed by Malaika Mushandu and produced by Joe Njagu. It will be screened at the ZIFFTHub at 2 Canterbury Road, Kensington on the 17th of September at 5:30pm, as part of the closing ceremony, which begins at 5pm.

Set amid the turbulent events of Zimbabwe’s historic 2017 “takeover” from Robert Mugabe, Mirage tells the thrilling story of three women’s plot to escape from one of the country’s notorious maximum-security prisons. Tambu, who is serving a five-year sentence for stealing a chicken at her rural home village, hears about her daughter’s ongoing abuse by her own brother and the consequent mental illness of her daughter. A raging drive to rescue her sees Tambu contemplating the unthinkable. Together with fellow inmates Zoe and Memo, the trio plot on an elaborate scheme to escape the prison in order to take back control over their own lives.


The film was nominated for 3 Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2020. ‘Mirage’ was nominated in the Best Soundtrack, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best First Feature Film by a director categories.


Malaika Mushandu is a trained film professional, who holds a qualification from the prestigious AFDA School Of Motion Picture Medium And Live Performance in South Africa, she studied a BA in Performing Arts. She is equally comfortable in front of the camera as she is behind and has excelled in all the productions she has been involved in. Malaika’s main reason for getting into the film industry is to help shape the story telling narrative from an African perspective. Mirage is her directorial debut. Lending her talent for storytelling to the film industry, she wants to give  a voice to the often-underrepresented half of the population – the woman.


Joe Njagu is a Zimbabwean filmmaker with a severe passion for filmmaking and over 15 years in the entertainment industry. He directed his debut feature film Lobola in 2010, which paved the way for a new chapter of independent filmmaking in Zimbabwe. His next feature film, The Gentleman, won him best foreign language director at the America International Film Festival and Best Film at the NAMA Awards in 2012. He has directed and shot several other feature films, including Something Nice From London, Escape, Tete B And The Letter. Joe has also produced Cook Off, the first Zimbabwean film to be on Netflix.

We are thrilled to screen such amazing work and cannot wait for everyone to watch what has been happening behind the scenes in our industry and beyond.