Scene from the film Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)
Scene from the film Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)
Scene from the film Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)
Scene from the film Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)
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Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)

  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
Audio Tracks 

Research / Souvenir (Dialogues), utilizes found Super 8mm footage from Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and audio from ethnographic research gathered among Zimbabwean migrant women in Cape Town, South Africa. Part 1, Research, reveals the personal thoughts and challenges faced by researcher/filmmaker Horn in the field. Part 2, Souvenir (Dialogues), offers the research participants an opportunity to question Horn about his choice of souvenirs from the field, providing the political and economic backdrop to the ongoing exodus of Zimbabweans and leads up to the removal of long standing President Robert Mugabe on November 21, 2017.

Functioning as an additional layer of consideration, the found home movies follow an unknown South African woman as she travels from Cape Town to Zimbabwe, a route mimicked by Horn. This form of visual representation seeks to call attention to the ongoing ethical issues and privileges researchers / filmmakers encounter within the context of the post-colonial landscape of Southern Africa.


  • Original Title
    Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)
  • Direction
  • Editing
    Roger Horn
  • Runtime
    18 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • South Africa
    • Zimbabwe
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Kleinkaap Short Film Festival (KSFF) (July 2018-South Africa)
    • 38th NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival (Sept. 2018-Romania)
    • SOTAMBE Documentary Film and Arts Festival (SOTAMBE DFAF) (Sept. 2018-Zambia)
    • 22nd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (Oct.2018-Czech Republic)
    • Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (Nov. 2018-U.S.A.) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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