Scene from the film Scenes From A Transient Home
Scene from the film Scenes From A Transient Home
Scene from the film Scenes From A Transient Home
Scene from the film Scenes From A Transient Home
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Scenes From A Transient Home

  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
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Filmed on Super 8mm, Scenes from a Transient Home presents a fractured portrait of life for Zimbabwean migrants when they travel back home to visit. Christmas dancing, New Years Eve celebrations, house floods, and illegal gold panning are just a few of the events filmed by Roger Horn who bookends the film with a major life event for his family.

Visuals were filmed on multiple Super 8mm film stocks in Cape Town, South Africa and Harare, Victoria Falls, and Kadoma, Zimbabwe. The audio spans four years of casual conversations, observations, and video elicitation from Zimbabwean migrant women as part of filmmaker Roger Horn’s PhD research.


  • Original Title
    Scenes From A Transient Home
  • Direction
  • Runtime
    13 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • South Africa
    • Zimbabwe
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
    • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
    • United States Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival
    • 40th Durban International Film Festival
    • 30th Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
    • The Jozi Film Festival
    • Finnish Anthropological Society’s Conference Film Programme
    • Atlanta Black Pride Film Festival
    • 2019 Cape Town International Film Market & Festival
    • Nomadica 19 "Weekend on the moon"
    • Retro Avant Garde Film Festival
    • Intimate Lens. Festival of Visual Ethnography
    • Portland Underground Film Festival 2020 (PUFF)
    • Southern Margins International Short Film Festival
    • Queens World Film Festival
    • International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec (FIFEQ)
    • German International Ethnographic Film Festival
    • DocuDays UA International Human Rights Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Blue Danube Film Festival - Best Experimental Film 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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