The Art of Healing a portrait of Lizette Chirrime

African Short

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This tenderly directed short film provides a portrait of Mozambican textile artist Lizette Chirrime, who was abused as a child. As part of her healing process, Chirrime started upcycling hessian sacks that are normally used for storing and transporting grain. As she stitched the beautifully decorated formerly discarded sacks, she was also stitching herself together: “I was not only recycling the sack – I was recycling myself”.

Cape Town
V&A 6
Sun 3 June / 8pm + Q&A
Labia 1
Thu 7 June / 8pm + Q&A
Labia 3
Sun 10 June / 6pm
Tue 5 June / 6.45pm
Rui Assubuji
South Africa
18 minutes


Rui Assubuji Director

Rui Assubuji is a freelance photographer and a PhD fellow in History at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). His research interests include photography and the history of his motherland Mozambique. His film, The Art of Healing – a portrait of Lizette Chirrime was produced during the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) video documentary film class at UWC in 2017.

Shorts Compilations

Rui will also attend Q&As at the screenings of The Art of Healing, appearing in the following shorts compilations: South/African Shorts 3 and Isivivana Shorts Programme.