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MultiChoice celebrates women in film in November

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Multichoice is this month celebrating the success stories of women in film with a special focus on Southern Africa where Malawi is being led by award-winning filmmaker Joyce Mhango Chavula.

Chavula is one of the female filmmakers who are on top of the game.

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Having won the Best Film – Southern Africa in 2016 in the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) with her film Lilongwe, Chavula has not stayed idle as this year she premiered her Nyasaland.

The film went on to get a nomination in the 2018 AMVCAs in the Best Film –Southern Africa but she lost out to fellow Malawian filmmaker Shemu Joyah who triumphed with his film The Road to Sunrise.

As if this was not enough, the film also went on to be nominated in other platforms including 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) where she also failed to grab an award.

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Despite not collecting any award, this has been a big year for Chavula with her film Nyasaland.

“We should not lose hope.

As I have always said, there is potential and all we need is support and as filmmakers, we should keep on working hard,” Mhango Chavula said.

She said joining the film industry is a choice one has to make based on passion for the craft and allow oneself to grow and later reap the fruits.

According to MultiChoice, women have made progress in film industry from Black Panther star Danai Gurira in Hollywood to award-winning director Sarah Bletcher right here on African soil.

It further says Southern Africa has produced some of the most talented women filmmakers whether on television or film, behind or in front of the camera and that these women have pioneered and made innovations in the industry, simultaneously flying the Southern African flag high.

MultiChoice says with the achievements, there is still work to be done to ensure an inclusive and equal on-screen community, especially for women in Southern Africa.

Apart from Mhango Chavula, other female filmmakers featuring from Southern Africa include Jessie Chisi, who is one of Zambia’s most promising rising filmmakers and film practitioners.

The other women featuring are Rungano Nyoni from Zambia, Nancy Handabile from Zambia, Yolisa Phahle from South Africa, Danai Gurira from Zimbabwe, Mbo Mahocs from Zimbabwe, Oshosheni Hiveluah from Namibia and Tumi Sejoe from Botswana.

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