By Thabi Kamwangala:
Leader and founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) Prophet Shepherd Bushiri on Saturday pledged K20 million to a movie – Fatsani: A Tale of Survival during its premiere at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre.
Prophet Bushiri, who was the guest of honour, said entertainment is a language and a point of connection that can unite people and it needed support.
“I will do whatever I can for the Fatsani movie and the film industry in Malawi to grow and ensure that it turns into something similar to Hollywood. Entrepreneurship must be channelled by serious advocacy,” Bushiri said.
He said he was impressed to learn that Fatsani movie drew a lot of youth and created jobs for them.
Other members of his ministry also bought all the paintings that were available for K3 million during an auction.
Premiere of movie by Gift Sukez Sukali and HD Plus pulled a good patronage.
The premiere delayed to start but despite the setback, tickets sold out.
The film screened at Amaryllis Hotel barely a week after it bagged the Best Director – Southern Africa Award at Sotambe Film Festival in Zambia.
Sukali expressed gratitude with the support received during the premiere.
“I really didn’t expect this tonight and the turnout has motivated us to keep going and tell the more stories we have in the country,” he said.
Producer of the film Hastings Golosi said the film was inspired by life experiences.
“This is a film for Malawians and by Malawians. We are telling a Malawian story with hopes of taking it to the world. We hope that the movie will inspire people never to give up,” Golosi said.
The film is not available on the market but Sukali said they are still running a campaign to be on Netflix, a streaming service where people access different movies.
Sukali has since said they have plans to premiere the film in other countries.
The film tells the story of Fatsani who is forced to sell bananas in order to survive and help her family.