Charles Tonderai Mudede

Charles Tonderai Mudede writes about film, books, music, and his life in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, the U.S., and the UK for the Seattle weekly paper The Stranger. He was born near a steel plant in Kwe Kwe, Zimbabwe, but has no memory of his birth. He does remember noticing himself in the mirror for the first time -- it happened on 3 May 1972. Mudede is also a Marxist, a literary theorist (he taught postcolonial theory at Pacific Lutheran University), and a filmmaker. His first two films, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and Zoo was screened at Cannes. His third film, You Can't Win, stars Michael Pitt. Mudede has written for The New York Times, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, and the late Manning Marable's Souls Journal. He is on the editorial committee for ARCADE (an architectural journal) and The Black Scholar (a cultural journal).