Forbidden Fruit

by Sue Maluwa Bruce, Beate Kunath,Yvonne Zückmantel

Zimbabwe / Germany, 2001

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This film tells the story of two women lovers named Nongoma and Tsitsi who live in the countryside in Zimbabwe. Lesbian relationships are very much taboo in Zimbabwe and, when their secret affair is discovered, Nongoma is obliged to run away from her village and escape to the city. Meanwhile, Tsitsi’s family is convinced she is possessed by an evil spirit. 

Two years later, the two women meet again by chance in Mutare …

about the directors

Sue Maluwa Bruce (1968-2012) was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe. She earned a degree in Marketing Management and became a stage actress. She took part in several video seminars in Chemnitz at the Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt in 1999 and was a member of the Jury for the  Teddy-Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Yvonne Zückmantel was born in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz) in the former German Democratic Republic, now the Federal Republic of Germany. She studied Art/Information and Data Management at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, then later studied Sociology at Chemnitz University of Technology and earned a Degree in Media and Communication. Between 2001 and 2003 she took part in various video seminars and internships at the Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt.

Beate Kunath was born in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz). As a gardener, she discovered the Fritz-Heckert-Film Club in 1985 and initially helped to organize and curate weekly film screenings before initiating the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in Chemnitz (1994-2002). She has worked as a media education worker and made her first film in 1995. With a focus on documentary content, her works include short fiction and documentary films, music clips, video installations, and photo series. She is an active member of the Chemnitz Filmwerkstatt and works under the label [bi:kei] productions as a freelance filmmaker since 2008.