An exploration of the objects brought with, sent back, or left behind by three Zimbabwean female migrants residing in Cape Town.

"These Objects, Those Memories" is a split-screen film focused on material culture, specifically, that of three long-term Zimbabwean female migrants currently residing in Cape Town, South Africa. Through an exploration of the objects brought with them, objects sent back to their homeland, objects left behind and their associated memories; stories of joy, loss, and hopes for a return to Zimbabwe are examined.

Due to the current economic crisis in Zimbabwe, South Africa has become the primary haven for Zimbabweans forced to migrate. This mass migration locates Zimbabwean women as the exception to the male dominated migration numbers in Southern Africa as they account for nearly half of all the Zimbabweans seeking work in South Africa, often leaving behind their children and immediate family members in an attempt to provide a better future for those left behind.

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Researcher/Director: Roger Horn
Cinematographer: Roger Horn
Audio Mix: Dylan Ford
Color Correction: Ashika Bracher 


Year: 2015
Length: 30 min
Language: English
Country: South Africa

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plays in concert with lili

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plays in concert with aïssa

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about roger

Roger Horn lectures in Visual Anthropology at the University of Cape Town and Documentary Production and Film Studies at the SAE Institute Cape Town; drawing upon his 18 years of experience across various disciplines and media outlets for inspiration. Additionally, Roger is currently pursuing his PhD in Visual Anthropology where he continues to research and expand upon the material presented in These Objects, Those Memories.