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Richmond Film Society Presents ‘Zana’

£3 – £5


January 30, 2024
8:00 pm
£3 – £5
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Richmond Film Society
020 8893 3503


The Exchange
75 London Rd
Twickenham, London TW1 1BE United Kingdom
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The tragic civil wars that raged in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s have become a catalyst for some powerful films. An example is Quo Vadis Aida?, which was the second-highest rated film in RFS’ 59th season.


Zana is a fictional look at the aftermath of one historical aspect – the Kosovo conflict in the late 1990s. Lume and her husband Ilir survived the war, but their daughter Zana was killed in the crossfire. As the years pass on their farm, where they live with Ilir’s mother, Lume desperately tries to get pregnant again, but to no avail. Instead, she suffers from regular nightmares from the stress, whilst her mother-in-law presses her son to take a second wife so that he can have more children.


In desperation, Lume agrees to see some faith healers to see if this makes any difference. One is a wise woman from her own village, while another is a rather more sinister figure who charges a hefty sum for a consultation. Kosovan writer-director Antoneta Kastrati gives an insider’s view of her homeland: a deeply traditional and patriarchal society which is gradually integrating into the modern world. Having survived the war in the late 1990s, she started making documentaries that addressed unexplored issues in a post-war society. Zana is her debut feature film and was nominated as Kosovo’s entry for the 2020 Oscars.



Adults: £5

Full time students: £3

Free to RFS members.

About Richmond Film Society

Richmond Film Society was formed in 1963 and has since screened over 860 films. Our objective was, and remains, to bring our community the very best in World Cinema. Our seasons run from September to June and attract an aggregate audience approaching 4,500 attendees. Season 60 will comprise 19 films of international repute, including features from Europe, Africa, North and South America, South and East Asia and the Middle East.


Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays at 8:00 pm sharp, with no ads or trailers. On screening nights, the bar opens at 7:00 p.m. and drinks can be brought into the auditorium. Film notes are available online for each screening and audience scores and feedback are collated.


For further information on RFS and the programme of films, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk. You can also follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondFilmSociety/ , on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Richmond_Film and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/richmondfilmsociety/


Season 60 Membership


Seasonal membership is being held at £40 for the 19 films (the 1999 price), an equivalent of £2.11 per film. For full time students, membership is offered at the concessionary rate of £25. The Existing Members ‘loyalty renewal window’ for Season 60 runs to the end of July.


Following expiration of the priority renewal period for existing Season 59

members, memberships will be offered to those on our waiting list. If you are a non-member and would like to be added to the waiting list for next season, please email us at admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk with your name, address and telephone number. Alternatively, you can email us via the ‘Contact Us’ section of our website.

Owing to capacity issues and our membership cap, we have not been able to open

membership up to the general public for to the last two seasons, so please

do get in touch if you are interested in joining.


Non-Member Tickets – on sale from 14 August


We intend to around 60 non-member tickets  available to purchase for individual screenings in Season 60, with tickets for the first four screenings going on sale at The Exchange from 14 August. Non-member tickets will remain at £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events, by telephone 020 8240 2399 or in person. To ensure that you secure a ticket and avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend early pre-booking via The Exchange once tickets become available for sale.

Should any non-member tickets remain available on the night of screenings, these can be now be purchased solely from The Exchange’s box office on the ground floor. Purchases are now by contactless payments only.