Dominic Kanaventi

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Dominic Kanaventi is a well known film and stage actor from Zimbabwe. He has appeared in Shamwari in 1982, Mandela, Cry Freedom in 1987 and The Midday Sun in 1989. He has had major roles in Neria, released in 1993 and Salone, released in 2016. He was also president of the Zimbabwe Actors Guild (ZAG).


Kanaventi started out as a stage actor. In the early years he was a member of the Catholic sponsored drama center, the Mabvuku Youth Center. In film, he had parts in Shamwari and Cry Freedom, both films in the 1980s. In 1992, he had a leading role in Neria, and by 2001, he had acted in 14 productions.

As of 1997, Kanaventi was the president of ZAG, which is the Zimbabwe Actors Guild. He has been outspoken about the exploitation of Zimbabwean actors and the disparity between them and their other counterparts.

In an interview with Alan Tempest for The Standard, he said that he had until January 2002 before he would be formally declared a stateless person. This apparently came about as Kanaventis father was born in Mozambique. He had walked all the way to Salisbury as it was called then, and married his mother. Kanaventi was born in October 1950.[1] As a result of his statelessness, he emigrated to the United States in April 2002. He worked as a furniture salesman and car salesman and on the way became a US citizen in 2009. He also became a student and in December 2014, he completed his B.S. in Marketing Management. He then became the CEO of a consultancy firm.



As a stage actor, he along with Walter Muparutsa received the 1983 Best Actor Award for their work in the Andrew Whaley production, Platform Four. Other work includes working in collaboration with Ben Sibenke for a 1985 play. The play was Sizwe Banse is Dead, a well known Zimbabwe Arts Production. For the 1997 play Platform Five, which was a play about the tramps and their world in Harare around the station area, Kanaventi and Walter Muparutsa dressed like tramps and went into the area and interacted with the people there to get the feeling of what their life was about.


He appeared in The Midday Sun which was released in 1989 and The Power of One which was released in 1992. In Neria, Kanaveti played Phineas,[2] a greedy and nasty brother in law, who after his brother's death, makes his brother's widow suffer. His performance was noted in The Standard.

Filmography (Selective)

Title Role Director Year Notes
Shamwari Guard Force member Clive Harding 1982
Mandela Organiser man Philip Saville 1987 TV movie
Cry Freedom Black frontier policeman Richard Attenborough 1987
The Midday Sun Anthony Kacula Lulu Keating 1989
The Power of One John G. Avildsen 1992
Neria Phineas Godwin Mawuru 1993
Salone Loyola Aswar Rahman 2016


  1. Alan Tempest, [1], allAfrica, Published: 21 October, 2001, Accessed: 8 July, 2020
  2. Godwin Muzari, [2], The Herald, Published: 4 March, 2016, Accessed: 8 July, 2020