iThemba a film by Elinor Burkett and Errol Webber Liyana Band Zimbabwe  
  a film by Elinor Burkett & Errol Webber  
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ELINOR BURKETT, producer, director

Burkett is an old-fashioned storyteller with unwavering faith in the power of well-wrought tales, which she’s been telling from Cuba to Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan to Zimbabwe as a historian and documentary filmmaker, a reporter for the Miami Herald, in nine books of non-fiction, and scores of articles in America’s leading magazines, as she tries to change the world, one story at a time.  In recent years, she’s chosen richly textured tales that celebrate the forgotten, that take viewers and readers inside the realities of people they never really notice, perhaps subconsciously refuse to notice.

She won an Oscar for best short documentary for Music by Prudence; she has received awards from the National Press Club, Penney-Missouri and the New York Newswomen; and she has received grants from the Eastman Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Twice a senior Fulbright Scholar, she has lived or worked in 13 countries and currently divides her time between homes in Zimbabwe and upstate New York.

 

ERROL WEBBER, producer, director of photography

The Jamaican-born cinematographer, now 23, is the youngest cameraman ever to have shot an Oscar-winning film, Music by Prudence. A 2008 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Webber has already worked as a commercial cinematographer and photographer for five years, shooting everything from concerts and events to TV broadcasts and gallery-commissioned video art.