Neria (1993) (Zimbabwe: 1993)


Director: Goodwin Mawuru

Writing Credits: Tsitsi Dangarembga

Producers: John and Louise Riber

Cast list:

Anthony Chinyanga –  Mr. Chingwanzi

Kubi Indi –  Connie

Dominic Kanaventi –  Phineas

Jesese Mungoshi –  Neria

Manyiki Kangai –  Shingi

Emmanuel Mbrirmi –  Patrick

Titsi Nyamukapa –  Mavis

Violet Ndlovu –  Ambuya

Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi –  Jethro: Neria’s Brother

Synopsis:  Neria is the story about the protagonist, Neria, a 35 year old woman living in the Harare suburb of Warren Park. When the movie begins, she is happily married to Patrick and has two children, Mavis, aged 13 and Shingirayi aged 7. Both children are in school and seem to be happily provided for by their parents. The family has just bought (or finished building a new home) and owns a modest car. Neria works at a women’s crocheting co-operative where, in a good month, she earns as much as her husband. Neria and Patrick are painting their new home, a project which Neria contributes to both financially and physically. Patrick and Neria have been living in the city since their marriage, though they go to the village to visit their relatives on occasion. The bottom-line is that Neria’s family is modern, happy and secure. Much of the happiness seems to come from the fact that Neria and her husband understand each other so well.

Academic Articles:

Theorizing Women Existence: Reflections on the Relevance of the Africana Womanist Theory in the Writing and Analysis of Literature by and About Zimbabwean Women by Tendai Mangena, Researchers World-Journal of Arts, Science & Commerce, vol. 4, No. 1 (January 2013), pp. 7-14

Reviews and Articles:

Lawrence Cohn, Review: Neria, Variety (online magazine)

Rita Kempley, “Neria”: Laws and Change in Zimbabwe , Washington Post (April 1993)

Linda Lopez McAlister, “Neria” A film review, WMNF Women’s Show (online)
Simba Says, Neria Review on Wabona, Wabona (blog)