Itai Dzamara, the Zimbabwean activist who has been missing for two years will have his life story told in a documentary film.
Itai Dzamara’s documentary film will be released on the eve of his disappearance. Dzamara went missing on 9th March 2015
He was notorious by the Mugabe government for holding protests at the Harare unity Square where he called on President Mugabe to step down.
In 2015, he launched a petition against President Mugabe, urging the long-time President to step down and conduct fresh elections. He cited the failed promises made by Mugabe and the deepening political and economic catastrophe.
Itai’s wife noted that after his activism began, they were constantly living in fear of the government.
“I knew something was wrong when I noticed two cars going up and down our road. Every time they went past our gate, they slowed down and peered into the yard. They went back and forth five times. This was on the Thursday before Itai disappeared,” she said.
According to her, Itai’s proactiveness caused the government to feel threatened and as a result, they “took him out of the picture.” He was last seen at a barber’s shop.
Patson Dzamara, Itai’s brother explained that the documentary will focus largely on Itai’s political activism.
“I’m overseeing the production of the documentary, but I am also working with different stakeholders as well as other activists. We want to set the record straight regarding his disappearance two years ago.
“Amnesty International has been very helpful in putting together the documentary. They assisted us in terms of logistics. I’m also in the process of writing a book and the hope is to turn the story into a movie,” he said.
He added that Itai Dzamara’s documentary film has the aim of inspiring and empowering Zimbabweans to keep pushing against the current ZANU-Pf administration.
“We want to inspire Zimbabweans to be fearless as Itai was in the face of oppression. My brother was a very brave man. He inspired a lot of us in saying enough is enough against Mugabe’s brutal regime,”Patson said in an interview with News 24.
He also blamed the Zimbabwean police and security forces for their negligence and nonchalance in finding his missing brother.
Amnesty International will be honoring Itai Dzamara as well as five other heroes of human rights with a lifetime Achievement award.