Empowering Creativity: Roots Academy cultivating tomorrow’s filmmakers and artists

Empowering Creativity: Roots Academy cultivating tomorrow’s filmmakers and artists

Roots Academy in Mutoko village is not just a school but a beacon of hope, offering opportunities for aspiring filmmakers and artists. Established by a native of the village, it aims to empower youth who lack opportunities in the arts.

“For years, the village has been overlooked, its talented youth left to watch their aspirations wither away in the absence of opportunities. But for me, a native of this very village, watching their potential go to waste was no longer an option. Born and raised here, I knew firsthand the struggles of pursuing a career in the arts without the resources or support available to those in the city.” said Tendai Maduwa

When the opportunity arose to establish Roots Academy, the aim was clear: to nurture the next generation of filmmakers and artists, beginning with the inaugural intake of Form One students in 2025. Maduwa underscored that Roots Academy goes beyond the traditional school framework; it serves as a hub of creativity and progress, providing an extensive one-year Film School Programme that delves into every facet of the film industry, from inception to distribution.

With a focus on practical film education, scholarships, and local expertise, Roots Academy seeks to nurture talent and put Mutoko on the map as a cultural centre.

However, the vision goes beyond filmmaking alone; it’s about empowerment and ownership. The academy will equip students with skills to thrive; fostering a sense of pride and ownership in their craft. Roots Academy has already generated employment opportunities for six full-time staff members and ten subcontracted workers from the local community.

“With the support of Culture Fund, we’re able to offer fifteen full scholarships each year, ensuring that every student has the chance to pursue their passion without financial barriers. And our commitment to excellence extends to our faculty, with the majority of our lecturers being local practitioners who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom.” added Maduwa

By inviting established filmmakers from both the region and abroad to share their expertise, Maduwa hopes to prepare students for success on a global scale.

“For me, Roots Academy is more than just a school; it’s a testament to the power of dreams and the resilience of the human spirit. And as our students embark on their journey, I have no doubt that they will go on to achieve great things, not just for themselves, but for our community and beyond.”

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