The Zama Zama Project

The Zama Zama Project is an experimental documentation of ruinous postindustrial mining life in southern Africa. It is also an act of witnessing. The men and women of the project are the forgotten, the ghosts in the machine of modern extractivism, the scavengers of its extravagant waste. They are also the authors of the stories told to Rosalind Morris, and form the core of this expressive and probing assemblage. Based on long term collaborative research, Morris’s project, branching off from her feature length-documentary, We are Zama Zama, comprises five short works of various formats in which the sensuous experience of mortally dangerous labor is pursued alongside the political and economic forces that drive people to risk everything in radical speculations on life and value. From mythopoetic encounters with the underground sublime to reflections on the politics and techniques of filmmaking in tunnels and shafts many kilometers below the earth’s surface and vociferous debates on the nature of democracy after wage-labor, The Zama Zama Project is an aesthetically compelling, open-ended address from the necropolitical world.
by Rosalind Morris
with Rogers ,Bhekani‘ Mumpande, Prosper Ncube, Darren Munenge, Sarah Muchimba, Fanie Magwaza
USA / South Africa / Canada 2016 Sesotho, Zulu, Tonga (Zambia) 61’ Colour


  • Rogers ,Bhekani‘ Mumpande
  • Prosper Ncube
  • Darren Munenge
  • Sarah Muchimba
  • Fanie Magwaza


Director Rosalind Morris
Cinematography Ebrahim Hajee
Editing Pascal Troemel
Sound Musa Radebe
Producer Rosalind Morris

Produced by

ROCAM Productions, LLC

Rosalind Morris

Rosalind Morris is an anthropologist, cultural critic, and media practitioner, who is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Morris has worked for more than two decades to document the transforming life-worlds around the gold mines of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is the author of seven books, over 70 essays, and has been honored with numerous awards. Morris has collaborated extensively with South African artists, including William Kentridge, with whom she has written three books, Clive van den Berg, and Ebrahim Hajee. She has also collaborated on two operas with the South African poet and novelist, Yvette Christiansë and Syrian-born composer, Zaid Jabri.


2013 Brewsie and Willie; 82 Min. 2020 The Zama Zama Project

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022