|Born||October 10, 1989|
Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe
|Known for||Being a director and producer|
Shem Zemura is an award-winning producer and director. He is a director at Rain Media (Private) Limited. Zemura directed Death and other Complications (2018), Kushata KweMoyo (2018), the TV series Muzita RaBaba (2016), the TV movie The Fall Of Esau (2017) and Departed (2017). In 2019, Zemura and his company were taken to court for not paying a scriptwriter.
Shem Zemura went to South Africa and returned in 2014.
Shem Zemura was born on 10 October 1989.
He has a daughter named Iris.
Zemura went to Chidau, Zengeza and Machekera Primary Schools. It was at Machekera where he says he performed in plays and was a member of the traditional dance team. For his secondary school education, he went to Magunje High School and then Glen View High 1 and St Alberts for his A’levels. At Albert, a school for refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa, Shem Zemura says he directed and played the lead role in a play that was staged at the Hillbrow Theatre. Shem Zemura says the success of the play qualified the school for the Inner City Drama Festival, which they dominated, winning several awards.
In 2014, he moved back to Zimbabwe to work with his brothers, Nick and Michael. That year, Zemura made the film My Lady, about a man who falls in love with a university student working as a prostitute to pay for her education. The film was nominated for three NAMA Awards.
In 2016 they started working on TV projects, producing the comedy series Muchaneta. Shem Zemura and his brothers introduced the TV series, Muzita RaBaba. His brother Nick directed in 2016, Michael directed in 2017 and he directed in 2018.
The series featured Ammara Brown, Mudiwa Hood, Jesesi Mungoshi, Hope Masike, Kudzai Musungo, Charles Mzemba among others. The series won: NAMA Best Production 2017, ZIFFT Best Actress 2017, IIFF Best Actress 2017, NAMA Best Production 2018, NAMA Best Actress 2018.
In 2018, Zemura and his brothers made two movies, Kushata KweMoyo and Death And Other Complications. Both were nominated for NAMA Awards in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Kushata KweMoyo won two awards: Best Feature Film and Best Actor. The movie was nominated for three awards, including Best Production, Best Actress and Best Editor, at the Lake International Pan-African Film Festival held in November 2019 in Kenya.
Unpaid Scriptwriter Lawsuit
In June 2019, Shem Zemura was been ordered by Harare Magistrate Tilda Mazhande to pay US$300 to scriptwriter Amanda Ranganawa for the parts she scripted for the award-winning film, Kushata Kwemoyo. The magistrate also ruled that besides the US$300, Zemura should also pay an additional 5% interest. He was also ordered to pay the costs of the suit on an attorney and client scale.
Zemura had, through his lawyers Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni denied the allegations, describing them as “baseless.”
He argued that he would only be able to pay Ranganawa after the film sold as was agreed in their contract signed in November 2017.
Part of the scriptwriter agreement signed on November 12, 2017, read, “In consideration of the agreement made herein by the first part, the second part shall only be entitled to such payment after the sale of the film.”
Ranganawa, who was represented by lawyer Marufu Mandevere in the case, said if she was not paid her dues as per the court order, she would seize Rain Media’s property.
Sexual Abuse Allegations
In March 2018, scriptwriter Amanda Ranganawa accused Shem Zemura of sexual misconduct. Ranganawa alleged that the Zemura brothers, Shem and Michael, attempted to bed her and sexually exploited other women before dumping them.
She further accused the brothers of refusing to pay her US$300 for the script of the award-winning feature film Kushata Kwemoyo.
Zemura denied the allegations, describing them as “malicious” and meant to tarnish his reputation.
Responding to the allegations through his lawyers Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni, Zemura said there was an ulterior motive behind the allegations.
- Kushata KweMoyo (2018)
- Death And Other Complications (2018)
- My Lady (2014)
- Muchaneta (2014)
- Muzita RaBaba (2016-)
- The Fall Of Esau (2018)
- Chillspot (2019)
- Shem Zemura, FilmFreeway, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: March 1, 2022
- From Uzumba to the world…The rise and rise of Shem Zemura, Zim Morning Post, Published: November 16, 2019, Retrieved: March 1, 2022
- Mercy Mangwana Mubayiwa, He dreamt of engineering but he ended up making films, so what do we call him?, mercymangwana.wordpress.com, Published: December 8, 2017, Retrieved: March 2, 2022
- Zemura ordered to pay scriptwriter, NewsDay, Published: June 13, 2019, Retrieved: March 1, 2022
- TAFADZWA KACHIKO, Zemura denies sex allegations, NewsDay, Published: May 16, 2018, Retrieved: March 2, 2022