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.

Contact: nyasha.kadandara@gmail.com

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

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