Lilongwe-based actress Joyce Mhango Chavula continues to make strides in the film industry as over the weekend she finally premiered her latest movie titled Lilongwe.
The movie was premiered during the Cinema African Film Festival Malawi which debuted this year at Madsoc Theatre and screened close to 20 movies from Malawi and other African countries.
Mhango Chavula, took advantage of the festival spearheaded by Film Association of Malawi (Fama) and Positivo to premiere the movie.
“I got an overwhelming response from the audience during the premiere and I have surely been motivated to go forward. I hope people will support me in this project,” said, Mhango Chavula, who is one of the few female directors in the country.
The Fama and National Theatre Association of Malawi ( Ntam) vice president, Mhango Chavula said a lot has changed since she released her first movie No More Tears.
“I feel Lilongwe is a step higher with a lot of twists and great acting from the main cast. As I said the premiere was great. In the nearest future we will screen it on a wider audience locally and release it for the market,” she said.
The actress who once received a nomination for Best Feature Film by Director for her movie No More Tears in the Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) has always said that she wants to continue producing movies and attract more women to the career said the movie industry is still laying its foundation in the country but was quick to point out that there is progress.
She then called on Malawians to support the film industry and the creative industry as a whole.
“The industry is still young, we need more exposure and by showing our stories beyond we are shaping the industry. For me I am just trying to contribute in my small way,” said Mhango Chavula.
Lilongwe is a story of young woman played by Brenda Mselu who is a professional prostitute and has three children from three different men.
She has a decent day job but her main cash cow is the married men she sleeps with.
The cl imax is when she seduces and falls in love with a foreign married man played by Joab Chakhaza who is in Lilongwe on duty.
When his wife played by Chavula later comes to visit, all hell breaks loose as Lilongwe’s past comes back to haunt her. Throughout the story according to Chavula, Lilongwe is saying, “don’t judge me, you don’t know my story.”
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