2008 Tutu Fellow Hopewell Chin’ono has premiered his new documentary film titled State of Mind on mental illness in Zimbabwe in Harare. The film by the award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker highlights an untold story of how Zimbabweans address mental illness in their communities. The premiere opened to a packed auditorium and included the guest of honor, the minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Sekai Nzenza. When it finished, Hopewell received a standing ovation from an emotional audience for the documentary.
State of Mind was directed, written and produced by Hopewell, with the soundtrack written, composed and produced by Oliver Mtukudzi. The documentary has been nominated for an award in Kenya.
Previously, he has made other documentaries that include one looking at post-election violence, profiling the internationally-acclaimed human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa; as well as one on and the politics of farm invasions.
One of his films, A Violent Response, was nominated for a Rory Peck award in London and was also nominated for Canada’s equivalent of an Oscar, The BANFF Award. He is currently working on another documentary called Beautiful, that specially focuses on autism.
You can view the trailer for State of Mind below: