Lorie Conway, a Boston based filmmaker, is the writer, producer, and director of the film. In January and June, 2012, she traveled to Zimbabwe to film with Beatrice Mtetwa. She also traveled with Mtetwa to film at her family homestead in rural Swaziland. While in Zimbabwe, Conway worked with Hopewell Chin’Ono, a Zimbabwean filmmaker, who is co-producer of the film. They met through the Nieman Fellowship program for journalism at Harvard University. Filming for the documentary also took place in Barcelona, Boston, Cleveland, New Orleans, and London.
Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law is supported by grants from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the International Bar Association, the Guardian’s Scott Trust Foundation, the Bertha Brit Doc Foundation, Charisma Fund Lucy R. Sprague Memorial, and many small donations.
DISTRIBUTION & OUTREACH
The producers are seeking distribution for the film around the world. Screening events are being organized in Washington, D.C., Seattle, New York City, Boston, Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa, London, and elsewhere. On April 11th a screening hosted by the World Justice Project and the Univ. of Washington Law School will take place in Seattle, followed by a discussion and a concert by Thomas Mapfumo, whose music can be heard throughout the film. On April 25th, a screening hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and the World Justice Project will take place in Washington, D.C. On June 18th, the International Bar Association will host a screening of the film in London and on July 9th, the World Justice Project will host a screening of the film at their forum taking place in the Hague.
A half hour version of Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law film is available for distribution. Please contact Lorie Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This abbreviated version of the documentary has been made possible by a grant from the International Bar Association and is ideal for use at conferences and workshops, as well as in classrooms and community settings.