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No date planned for ‘Nyasaland’ premiere in Blantyre

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Award-winning filmmaker and actress, Joyce Mhango Chavula, said Monday that she has not yet put up dates for premieres of her movie Nyasaland in Blantyre and other areas.

Mhango Chavula took advantage of the March for Women activities at Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe to premiere the film on Saturday.

“Right now, I have not put up dates for the premiere in Blantyre and other areas. I am still trying to talk to venue owners while searching for convenient places,” she said.

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Mhango Chavula said she was happy with the reception she got during the premiere in Lilongwe.

“The place was filled up and, again, I got positive feedback from the audience,” Mhango Chavula said.

In the film, a woman is, upon her return to the village to see her sick father, shocked to find him dead and buried.

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What follows is her encounter with a hyena that is terrorising the village and it happens to be a human being.

With the help of a young man, she takes the hyena head on and saves her village.

“I would really love to partner institutions that can use the film to educate communities for change and that is why I made sure that the film is in vernacular language. Ninety five percent of the dialogue is in Chichewa,” she said.

The actress added that, to keep the film fresh and Malawian, she decided to use the music of ethno-musician Charles Chavaramangwere Mkanthama.

Mhango Chavula made history for Malawi in 2016 when her film, Lilongwe, triumphed in the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

She has since said she will try her luck again and participate in the competition this year with Nyasaland.

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