Documentary: Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga

The following is a very informative documentary from 1979 about ZANU-PF, Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe’s national liberation struggle. You can watch it in six parts here, or you can see it all together and at a somewhat higher quality at For more information, please see the outstanding book Chimurenga! The Liberation Struggle in Zimbabwe edited by Harpal Brar, which can be purchased from the website of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist).

See also this video from a year after liberation:

2 responses to “Documentary: Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga

  1. Very cool. Also, check out the Chimurenga music of Thomas Mapfumo. He was a supporter of ZANU-PF during the civil war and created revolutionary music about the struggle. Not only is the message revolutionary, it is also amazing it its ability to fuse African polyrhythms with an accessible, “pop” style.

  2. Back in the late 1970’s Bob Marley’s song Zimbabwe was composed to celebrate the country’s recent liberation from white minority rule. With it’s not so subtle references to infighting and quislings, the lyrics remain apropos to the situation today:

    “To divide and rule could only tear us apart;
    In everyman chest, mm – there beats a heart.
    So soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionaries;
    And I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries.”

    Either Marley really was a biblical type prophet, or more likely, some things just never change. Under global imperialism at any rate.

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