Lilongwe comes to Zambezi Magic


Award winning film Lilongwe by actress Joyce Chavula Mhango is set to screen on DStv Zambezi Magic channel 160 on December 24.

This is a chance for Malawians as well as those in Southern Africa to watch the movie which was voted the Best in Southern Africa during the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) earlier this year.

The movie will screen on Zambezi Magic channel 160 at 20 hrs.


Joyce said it was a great feeling to have Lilongwe screening on DStv.

“It’s a great feeling to have my work on a bigger platform and it’s great for the actors’ exposure. It’s simply rewarding,” she said.

The actress said she submitted the movie after the AMVCAs when the channel was looking for content.


Joyce, who is the Film Association of Malawi (Fama) will also be screening her other movie No More Tears during a film festival to be held at Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe on November 25 and November 26.

Lilongwe is a story of a 13- year old girl who later grows into a beautiful young woman but still haunted by her past.

The film talks about a strong woman who has three children from three different men.

The society regards her as a prostitute but she believes she is doing her best to survive.

And throughout the story, Lilongwe is saying, “don’t judge me, you don’t know my story.”

The film features, Brenda Mselu as the lead actress and Joab Chakhaza as the lead actor.

Joyce also features in the film which was shot in rural and urban Lilongwe and according to the actress, the title was an inspiration from Onyeka Nwelue a Nigerian writer who once visited Lilongwe and fell in love with the city.

Musician Neil Nayar also features in the film and did the theme song.

Meanwhile Joyce has revealed that she is in a post production of her new film titled Back to Nyasaland.

“It’s a social film and I continue to talk about issues affecting girls and women. It’s based on true life events and one of the highlights is the hyena story. But above everything the film portrays a young woman as a winner and not just a victim,” she said.

Joyce said as a film maker, she is wondering as to why as a nation at 50 plus years “we are still practising such harmful cultures.”

“So it’s about breaking the silence and the chains. Iam hoping this film can break new grounds for me and the industry. With all resources in place I hope it can be premiered early next year,” Joyce said.

The Zambezi Magic is a platform which was created to screen work from Southern Africa and so far some of the movies from Malawi that have screened include Shemu Joyah’s Seasons of a Life and The Last Fishing Boat.

There is also a soap Choices and a programme known as Grapevine which are currently airing on Zambezi Magic.

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