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No award for Malawi at Sotambe Festival

FLASHBACK—Shaban (right) answering questions at the festival

The country over the weekend failed to grab any award at the Sotambe Documentary and Arts Festival held in Zambia.

Two Malawian films – The Beautiful Hen Behind the Yao Mountain by Young Travellers Theatre and Submerged by Brenda Mselu earned themselves a selection.

The two movies which were selected in the category of Southern African competition –Feature Film, were directed by Imran Shaban and Joyce Mhango Chavula respectively.

Shaban who attended the festival alongside another member of Young Travellers, Blessings Kachala, said Monday it was disappointing that they failed to win any award.

“There were a lot of good movies from all over the world so it was tough. We wish we had brought an award but things didn’t go well for both the two films,” Shaban said.

He said they have learnt a lot of lessons from the festival and that they were looking forward to more opportunities.

“As a country, we have the potential and all we need are just the resources and support otherwise we had time to network and learn from others. We shared our stories too through workshops,” Shaban said.

Young Travellers turned The Beautiful Hen Behind the Yao Mountain from stage to a film. The film also received three individual nominations.

The film has also been selected to screen at the Bayelsa International Film Festival in Nigeria to be held this month.

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