‘Nelia’s Dream’ movie premiere goes to Lilongwe


After its successful premiere in Blantyre last year, a 40-minute film titled Nelia’s Dream written by Bright Makina dates the capital city Lilongwe.

The film will be premiered at Golden Peacock tonight and there will also be a panel discussion on child rights protection.

To be hosted by Joab Frank Chakhaza, all proceeds from the premiere will support schools and community screening.


Makina said Thursday he was excited to show the film for the first time in Lilongwe.

“This film was inspired by the several stories in the media of many girls dropping out of school and going into early marriages. I am happy to premiere this film and it is part of a campaign to bring back girls to school,” he said.

The film which features reputable actors such as Flora Suya, Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera, Memory Black and Deus Sandram tells the story of a financially struggling family that has a girl child by the name of Nelia played by Sandra Chilimani, who works hard at school and dreams of becoming a truck driver.


In an attempt to make ends meet, Nelia’s father finds himself in debt which forces him to marry off his daughter at an early age.

Nelia’s dream of becoming a truck driver and going further with her studies suffers a setback as she is forced to go into an early marriage and with it comes responsibilities and challenges that put her life at risk.

Meanwhile, Amref Health Africa in Malawi has partnered Makina through the Bright Light Studio to hold the premiere and a panel discussion on gender and child rights protection.

A press statement from Amref Health Africa in Malawi says the panel discussion will bring together various gender and child rights experts who will discuss how “we can reduce the vulnerability of girls and children in Malawi to sexual and gender based violence.”

It further says that the event is being financed by the five – year (2021-2025) Power to Youth Program which is being implemented at both national and district level (Dedza and Machinga) by a six member consortium.

Lawi is expected to spice up the event and said Thursday that he was looking forward to entertain people.

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