Mbulelo Mpofu, showbiz journalist
MULTICHOICE Zimbabwe has expressed its commitment to continue supporting the local film sector. This was said by MultiChoice Zimbabwe Public Relations and Publicity Manager Elizabeth Dziva in a speech read by the company’s Bulawayo Branch Team Leader Ruvimbo Mutsikwi at the cinema premiere. of The villager Friday in Bulawayo.
Reading the speech ahead of the premiere of veteran actor and writer Tendai Maduwa’s production, Mutsikwi said. MultiChoice Zimbabwe will continue to work with local filmmakers to give them a platform to showcase their products. The villager is set to officially premiere on DStv next month, with MultiChoice helping to make the theatrical premiere a success.
“MultiChoice Zimbabwe is always delighted to support the growth and development of cinema in this country. We are therefore delighted to support another Zimbabwean production. The work of film talent in Zimbabwe is huge and it is exciting to see the range of films being produced.
“What’s also nice is that this specific city is integral to this heightened level of filmmaking, as evidenced by tonight’s premiere,” she said.
This isn’t the first time MultiChoice has worked with local filmmakers. In 2019, MultiChoice Zimbabwe helped Tendai Maduwa’s Lord of Kush premiere and in partnership with Zimpapers Television Network, 3Ktv and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation they championed the delivery of local content.
Maduwa’s latest film takes us on her personal journey of triumph in the face of adversity. It traces his life’s journey which saw the actor and author rise through the ranks from the village of Mutoko to the streets of Harare after his mother passed away shortly after giving birth to him.
It borders around him being a village boy who went through a nasty divorce with his wife Stella and found solace in the arms of a stripper Lillian and had to fight Bazooker to win Lillian’s affection and prove his manhood. The fight is necessitated by Bazooker snatching Tendai’s wife. Tendai ends up winning both the match and Lillian’s affection.
The film stars veteran actors Stephen Chigorimbo, Ben Sibenke, Hillary Indie, Mugove Muhambi, Reuben Mukucha, Steven Nyamuda, Alletah Marufu and Maduwa’s daughter, Candice Nomthandazi Maduwa.
Funny man, Ntando Van Moyo led the events at the red carpet event.
Speaking on the sidelines of his film premiere, the outspoken Maduwa said he was working with Nigerians including actor and director Ramsey Nouah on a soon to be released film set.
“I am working on a film called ‘Saved’ which will be shot in Nigeria. It will be co-directed by Ramsey Nouah and will feature me, Ramsey, Bob Emmanuel, Canadian actress Cynthia Stone, Ben Sibenke and Jackie Appiah,” said he declared.
At the cinematic launch of The villager, a minute of silence was observed in memory of the late Dean of Arts Cont Mhlanga who passed away earlier this month. – @eMKlass_49