Freedom of Movement?

Inherent Traveller by Mandla Rae

Moving image and poetry, running time 9 mins

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Mandla Rae, who has not been able to leave the country since they arrived 20 years ago, takes us through the journey their ancestors took following Mzilikazi’s breakaway from Shaka Zulu and the lasting effects of that breakaway. The piece focuses an act of genocide known as Gukurahundi, disguised as a hunt for ‘dissidents’, that was enacted on their tribe by Robert Mugabe’s administration following his rise to power. Inherent Traveller is Mandla’s questioning of place and belonging.

Mandla Rae is a queer Zimbabwean writer and performer. They have performed their work across the UK such as Leeds Playhouse, Royal Exchange Studio and JFI Manchester. Mandla’s work explores power dynamics trauma, heritage and language.

 

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