Direção: Alla Kovgan e David Hinton

Intérprete: Nora Chipaumire

Moçambique/Estados Unidos/Reino Unido, 2008

35 min | LIVRE


ESTREIA 1º de maio 2021 (sábado)

disponível por 48h


“Nora” is based on true stories of the dancer Nora Chipaumire, who was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. In the film, Nora returns to the landscape of her childhood and takes a journey through some vivid memories of her youth. Using performance and dance, she brings her history to life in a swiftly-moving poem of sound and image. The result is a film about family dramas, difficult love affairs and militant politics, which moves back and forth between the comic and the tragic, the joyful and the mournful. It is a film about a girl who is constantly embattled – struggling against all kinds of intimidation and violence – but who slowly gathers strength, pride and independence. Shot entirely on location in Southern Africa, “Nora” includes a multitude of local performers and dancers of all ages, from young schoolchildren to ancient grandmothers, and much of the music is specially composed by a legend of Zimbabwean music – Thomas Mapfumo.

Sobre Alla Kovgan

Nascida em Moscou, a diretora vem dividindo seu tempo entre a Europa e os Estados Unidos, ao longo de duas décadas de experiência com dança e cinema na tela, em realidade virtual e no teatro. Alla Kovgan também ostenta sólida carreira como autora e editora de documentários. Seu curta Nora (2008), sobre a coreógrafa Nora Chipaumire, nascida no Zimbabwe, já foi exibido em mais de 120 festivais e conquistou trinta prêmios.​

Sobre Nora Chipaumire

Nora Chipaumire is a Zimbabwean performance artist based in NYC. Nora’s work challenges and embraces the stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic. She often utilizes her personal life story to reflect on the profound, creating manifestos for black womanhood, or, to use Nora’s own words, the “Kinglady,” who embarks on a collision course with power, masculinity, sexuality, and whiteness. Nora was a Princeton University fellow in 2014-2015, a Ford Fellow in 2011, and three times winner of the New York Bessie Award for performance. In 2016 she received the Trisha Mckenzie Memorial Award for her impact on the dance community in Zimbabwe, and in 2018 she is resident at the ICA in Cape Town. Current and ongoing projects include chicken farming in Burkina Faso and creating “living archives” with contemporary dancers in Harare, Zimbabwe.


director: Alla Kovgan and David Hinton
screenplay: Alla Kovgan, David Hinton, Nora Chipaumire
choreographer: Nora Chipaumire (
orginal score: Thomas Mapfumo
performers: Nora Chipaumire, Souleymane Badolo and many extras
cinematographer: Mkrtich Malkhasyan (above stills credit: Mkrtich Malkhasyan)
editor: Alla Kovgan
producer: Joan Frosch
production company: Movement Revolution Productions (MRP)
distributor: MRP
country of production: USA, UK, Mozambique
commissioned by EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission 2007, supported by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts – Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA