Blending documentary & digital poetry, Petrichor examines life in contemporary Zimbabwe from a personal perspective.
Petrichor is an experimental short film that blurs the line between documentary and digital poetry. The film combines unstaged verite footage with field audio recordings, mbira and classical music, and a melancholic jazz sensibility to craft an emotional, rather than linear, narrative. It tells a story of love and loss, death and rebirth, memories and dreams. It is a visual love letter to Zimbabwe, and is intensely personal in its exploration of family and home. It is also regional in scope, featuring images from Kenya, Eswatini and South Africa alongside those from Zimbabwe, and universal in its message.
Created by Liam Brickhill, this film also features the work of Anel Wessels, Edgar Bera and Ralph Louis Smit.
Was born and raised in Zimbabwe, middle child to parents who ran a bookshop and jazz club in Harare. Liam is a multidisciplinary creative. He has worked in Southern Africa, England and India as a freelance journalist, writes short fiction, and has produced and edited several music videos and an award-winning short film. He dabbles in photography, has DJed at festivals and events in East and Southern Africa, and spent several years as a project manager at Bushfire Festival in Eswatini. He is currently working on a piece of historical fiction that he hopes to turn into a screenplay or novel.