International award for uni’s media academic

Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska and Joe Njagu in Harare.
Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska and Joe Njagu in Harare.

A University of Bedfordshire media academic has added an international award to her impressive list of film credits.

Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska film Lovers in Time or How We Didn’t get Arrested in Harare! won Best Screenplay at the 4th Mumbai Shorts Festival. The film, which was previously nominated for Best Documentary in the Zimbabwe International Festival of the Arts, was written and directed by Dr Piotrowska and co-produced with Joe Njagu, one of Zimbabwe’s premier filmmakers.

Dr Piotrowska is a BBC trained-award winning documentary filmmaker and course leader for the university’s MA creative digital film production,

Dr Piotrowska is also the Reader in Film Practice and Theory at the Media Arts and Production Department at the university.

She said: “It is amazing that the film is beginning to travel internationally and gain recognition, given its challenging history.”

The film, about a controversial interracial relationship, was previewed in the UK last year and subsequently praised by Thomas Elsaesser, a noted international film historian and professor.

He said: “As with the films Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer that so often sparkle with Gallic wit, Lovers in Time modulates its moods quite masterfully between humour and tragedy, real danger and farce.

“It finally leaves the viewer more pensive and thoughtful, but also more positive and hopeful than had the director opted for a racially less entangled and politically more correct “film of the play.”

Dr Piotrowska’s monograph on Zimbabwe and its art is due to be published by Routledge this year.