Film industry has potential—Kendall
Musician Kendall Kamwendo of the Symon and Kendall duo has said Malawi’s firm industry has potential to uplift the country’s economy.
Kendall, who is also a filmmaker and actor, said this in Lilongwe on Friday during a press briefing regarding the premiere of his new film titled School Days.
The film will have its first showing on May 5 2023 at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.
The new film comes after Kendall successfully launched his debut love film Where My Heart Belongs.
“Filmmakers have produced quality movies and, with proper support and political will, the film industry can help boost the country’s economy,” Kendall said.
Directed by Bester Kauwa and produced by Kaya Films, the film was inspired by the life that people experience at school.
“This is a film that wants to remind people of their school time and, at the same time, we want to advocate love among students, especially those in secondary school, that they should refrain from teasing and bullying,” Kendall said.
He disclosed that they invested K8 million in the production of School Days with the largest chunk of the sponsorship coming from Beacon Printers Limited.
Kendall then bemoaned lack of support from well-wishers and the corporate world, noting that most Malawian films fail to register breakthroughs due to inadequate support.
The cast of the film includes Kendall himself and fellow musician Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera, Tumpe Mtaya, Yvonne Chanache, Amos Filisa, Desire Namachotsa and Blessed Chimombo.