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Berlinale Calls For Acquittal Of Filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga Following Protest ArrestThe directors of the Berlin International Film Festival are calling on the Zimbabwe government to clear filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga and journalist Julie Barnes or drop the case before an upcoming trial begins.

Both women were arrested in Harare in July 2020 during a protest calling for for the release of journalists and for institutional reforms.

Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian said as “an institution that stands up for freedom of speech and freedom of artistic expression worldwide,” they were asking the government to end the charges against the women. “Both women have consistently campaigned for freedom in courageous and artistically compelling ways.

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