Nyasha Kadandara is a Zimbabwean director and cinematographer. She focuses on visually documenting a broad spectrum of subjects including breaking news, climate change, education, migration, health, and conflict in various parts of Africa. Nyasha holds a master's degree in journalism and documentary filmmaking from Columbia Journalism School.
In 2015, she directed the award-winning documentary "Through the Fire" about a recovering drug-user facing the demons of his past which premiered at DOC NYC and won the Audience Choice Documentary Short Award at the Atlanta Docufest. Her short documentary "Queens & Knights" about an all-inclusive game rugby team won first prize at the 2016 NBC Sports film contest Cptr’d and premiered at South by SouthWest Film Festival. In 2019, she wrote, filmed and produced “Sex and the Sugar Daddy” an extensive multimedia piece on transactional sex relationships in Kenya which was a finalist for the One World Media Awards in the Popular Feature and Digital Media categories. And, her virtual reality documentary, “Le Lac”, which looks at the effects of climate change and the Boko Haram insurgency around Lake Chad premiered at the 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest and won the Best Digital Narrative Award, and currently on the festival circuit recently selected for the Hotdocs Film Festival in Canada.
Most recently, Nyasha directed the feature broadcast documentary “Imported for my Body” - a culmination of a year-long investigation that uncovers an illegal network that trafficks African women to India and a life of sexual exploitation for BBC Africa Eye. She also serves as secretary of the Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa where pushes for press freedom and curates monthly documentary screenings.
2020 One World Media Award Longlist
2020 Amnesty International Media Awards Longlist
2019 One World Media Awards - Popular Feature Finalist
2019 One World Media Award - Digital Media Finalist
2019 Film Africa Travel Grants Awardee
2019 Sheffield DocFest - Digital Narrative Award Winner
2018 IWMF Howard Buffet Grantee
2018 IWMF Africa Great Lakes Fellow
2017 New Dimensions Artist
2016 NBC Sports Cptr’d Contest - Winner
2016 Spotlight Documentary Film - Award Platinum Award
2015 Joyce A. de Groot Award
2015 Atlanta Documentary Festival Audience Choice Award