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Malawi films to screen at festival in Zambia

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

FIRST TIME—The face of Mselu’s film ‘Submerged’

Two Malawian films Submerged and Nyasaland produced by filmmakers Brenda Mselu and Joyce Mhango -Chavula, respectively, have been selected to screen at the Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival in Zambia.

This is not the first time for Mhango-Chavula to have her film screen outside the country as she has had opportunities including winning the Best Movie Southern Africa award in the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs) in Nigeria in 2016 for her film Lilongwe.

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The movie Nyasaland which came after Lilongwe and speaks volumes of some harmful cultural practices in the country, also got nominated in AMVCAs and Africa Movie Academy Awards last year but it failed to win any award.

It is, however, the first time that the film will be screening at the Shungu Namutitima International Festival in Zambia.

“Zambia bound! Nyasaland and Submerged, directed by yours truly have been selected for screening at Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival Zambia. Submerged is the first for Brenda Mselu and I am super proud of her. This is how great journeys begin Brenda, keep pushing my lady,” wrote Mhango- Chavula on her Facebook page.

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Mhango-Chavula said later that she was celebrating Brenda more.

“It is an encouragement for her to make more films in future. It is also great for our industry that it is being represented by two films,” she said.

Mselu said she was excited that the movie would screen in Zambia.

“This is my first movie and, so, to be selected is something huge for me. Joyce Mhango- Chavula told me about it and so I decided to send the film,” she said.

The festival is set to take place in Livingstone, Zambia, from July 27 to August 3 2019.

Surprisingly, Mselu, who has featured in Mhango-Chavula’s films, also featured Mhango Chavula in Submerged.

According to a synopsis, Submerged is a story that depicts the selfish part of the world. It depicts how other people never want anything good for their friends.

“They want everything good to be theirs. Two good friends make a deal to destroy another person’s happiness but, in doing so, they end up betraying each other, leaving a trail of blood, hate, regrets and disappointments,” Mselu said.

The festival organisers have indicated on their website that they have a series of activities this month including the festival gala.

The festival focuses on promoting the African cinema, Livingstone as a film location, human rights, honour and celebration of filmmakers.

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