Cinema Out of Sight: the Role of Film Halls for Street Youth in Harare, Zimbabwe

Lorraine van Blerk, Wayne Shand, Janine Hunter

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Research on young people’s street lives tends to focus on survival, security, and basic needs, with a plethora of studies examining the survival tactics of young people who navigate street spaces on a daily basis. Yet street life is created and sustained through friendships and relationships, with leisure a key part of this. However, leisure spaces rarely feature in academic work. This chapter examines the divergent ways in which street children and youth in Harare, Zimbabwe, engage with cinema spaces: mapping the film landscapes of street life. This chapter explores the role of cinema spaces in daily life as both a public and a private space, for entertainment, relationships and relaxing, safety, and income generation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFilm Landscapes of Global Youth
Subtitle of host publicationImagining Young Lives
EditorsStuart Aitkin, Jacob Rowlett
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003347446
ISBN (Print)9781032389158, 9781032389189
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2024

Publication series

NameRoutledge Spaces of Childhood and Youth Series


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