Lazarus Chigwandali’ movie wins at US fest


Musician Lazarus Chigwandali’s documentary, which was premiered at the Tribeca Festival in United States of America (USA) in May this year, has won the Best Documentary award at the 2019 HollyShorts Film Festival held on Saturday night at the Harmony Gold in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The documentary is expected to be screened in London Wednesday.

Bryn Mooser broke the news on his twitter page:


“Wow!!!This is a huge honour for@music-lazarus,”Mooser said.

HollyShorts (HSFF) announced the documentary as the best.

“Best Documentary with a prize from Rita House. The award goes to… Lazarus by David Darg,” reads the message.


According to www., HollyShorts Film Festival announced their top prizes for their landmark 15th year with Balloon, starring Pen15’s Jonah Beres and The League’s Paul Scheer, taking home the Best Short Film Grand Prix.

The Orphan received the Oscar Qualifying Best Live Action Award while Sister snagged the Best Animation award. The three films — Ballon, The Orphan and Sister— are officially qualified to be in the running for an academy award in 2020.

Other winners include Mama Bear (Best Action), Sister (Best Animation), On the Border (Best Cinematographer) and Lazarus’ documentary is on Best Documentary.

Lazarus, who is set to perform at this year’s Lake of Stars next month, is in London for the screening of the documentary and is also set to hold performances.

His album Stomp on the Devil was launched globally on Friday.

Johan Hugo of The Very Best, who is working with Lazarus and has produced the album, said Monday he was looking forward to the premiere of the documentary in the United Kingdom Wednesday.

The documentary was premiered in the country.

“The UK premiere of the documentary is on Wednesday (tomorrow),. Friday was the release of Lazarus album but there was no party. We went to meet Faith Mussa and hunged out with him for the evening and Lazarus played a few songs at his show,” Johan said.

He said it was a nice outing and that people loved seeing Lazarus and Faith at the show.

On the award, Johan, said: “It is a very prestigious award and it’s usually a good indication about who might get an Oscar nomination later in the year so we’re very excited and proud to have won it.”

He said Lazarus was happy with the award. Johan also indicated that they were recording some of Lazarus’ new songs as well as finishing a video for his ‘Moyo Wanga’ single.

Johan also said, today, they would be in London to meet with Extinction Rebellion Founders.

“Lazarus wants to work with XR and their fight for the environment and stopping global warming. He has seen an opportunity where Lazarus is fighting for the survival of his people, and Extinction Rebellion is fighting for the survival of all humans and the earth,” he said.

He said, during his 10- day stay in UK, Lazarus will also grant interviews.

Lazarus’ documentary speaks volumes of his life.

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