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Flora Suya gets warm welcome

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Actress and filmmaker Flora Suya, who excelled at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival in USA where she received an award for her movie My Mother’s Story, was on Tuesday given a warm welcome on her return home.

Suya arrived home through Chileka International Airport in Blantyre and was welcomed by fellow Women in Theatre led by veteran Kwathu Drama Group actress Linda Chatha, friends and other well-wishers.

The Women in Theatre team sang praising God for Suya’s success, gave her hugs before later giving her a bouquet of flowers.

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Suya could not hide her excitement with the warm welcome.

“I never knew that I would get such a welcome, it was a surprise. I just want to thank them for coming to welcome me, as I said this award is not for me but for Malawi,” she said.

The actress, who has starred in several movies, among them, Shemu Joyah’s The Last Fishing Boat and Seasons of a Life before turning to a filmmaker, said the award has motivated her.

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“I am motivated to go on and produce more movies. I have learnt a lot through the interactions I had with different filmmakers I met. They were actually surprised that My Mother’s Story is a low budget movie and all I can say to fellow filmmakers is that let’s not be afraid of working on low budget movies provided we put in more effort and strive for quality,” Suya said.

She also called upon fellow women in the arts not to restrict themselves to acting but to take up a leading role of filmmakers.

“We can do it as women; we do not have to restrict ourselves. We have so many stories out there we can tell and all we need to do is to take that step,” she said.

Tapiwa Gwaza, who starred with Suya in Seasons of a Life, said Suya had done the country proud.

“This is why we decided to come and give him a warm welcome. Her triumph actually is a statement that women are coming up in film making,” Gwaza said.

Suya left the country last month for the Silicon Valley African Film Festival where her movie My Mother’s Story was invited.

She attended the festival having received support of a return air ticket worth K1.5 million from Member of Parliament David Bisnowarty.

Suya features in the movie although she wrote and directed it. The movie was premiered this year.

The K2.5 million budget movie tells an African story and centres on a young woman who works as a housemaid.

She is impregnated by a gardener, and later abandoned.

And whilst still pregnant she meets another man who falls for her and life changes but tragedy later strikes.

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