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‘Fatsani’ film eyes Netflix

FLASHBACK—Sukez (centre) and team during a press briefing in Lilongwe

As the country awaits the premiere of Fatsani: A Tale of Survival movie on April 30 2021, producers HD Plus have indicated that they are looking forward to having the film feature on Netflix.

Producers Tuesday released a second trailer of the film for people to appreciate progress they have made ahead of the premiere.

HD Plus released the first trailer of the film last year.

HD Plus Director Gift Sukez Sukali has called on people to help them in sharing the link of the trailer so that it gets attention from Netflix.

“Help us get on Netflix by reposting and retweeting. We are still welcoming partners and sponsors in making a better film industry,” Sukez said.

He said the film is bigger and that they were looking forward to getting more support from the public.

“This film is tackling issues that affect Malawi and the African continent at large such as corruption, police brutality and gender based violence. We are building a better film industry for Malawi and Africa,” Sukez said.

Netflix is an American over the top content platform and production company headquartered in California.

Netflix was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California.

The company’s primary business is a subscription-based streaming service offering online streaming from a library of films and television series, including those produced in-house.

In January this year, Netflix reached 203.7 million subscribers, including 73 million in United States of America.

Hollywood star Chiwetel Ejiofor’s film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which tells the story of the country’s innovator William Kamkwamba and was shot in the country at Wimbe in Kasungu District, is one of the movies on Netflix.

Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of a young girl who is forced into the streets when her school closes due to a water crisis and corruption.

“Watch a snippet/trailer of this action packed drama that was inspired by true events in Malawi through the link. Help Fatsani be the first Malawian movie or production on Netflix to create room for other filmmakers,” reads a statement from HD Plus.

A lot of people on social media have heaped praise on the second trailer with some describing it as better than the first trailer.

The trailer of the movie comes barely four days after the film was energised by a Blantyre-based firm Sky Energy with K800,000 to help in production and other works.

Watching the trailer, it features some of the well-known faces in the film industry and they include Edwin Chonde and Kelvin Ngoma, who also starred in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Another top star featuring in the film is award-winning filmmaker and actress Joyce Mhango Chavula.

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