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‘Sowing Seeds’ set to screen in Mzuzu

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After premiering in Lilongwe in July this year, a film by Cathreen Mlenga- Sowing Seeds will screen at Grand Palace in Mzuzu City this coming Sunday.

The film industry has made positive strides of late, with a number of movies being premiered and some earning nominations in international stages.

Mlenga said Wednesday she was happy to finally take the film to Mzuzu.

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“This film was produced to encourage women and girls to fight poverty and mental misery. The ultimate goal is to create female heroines inspired by real-life and relatable Malawian stories instead of fiction,” she said.

The premiere of the film in Mzuzu is also in line with the observance of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV).

Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare last Thursday joined the rest of the international community in observing the 16 Days of Activism against which ends on December 10 2021.

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The 16 Days of Activism campaign was adopted by the United Nations for member states to consolidate and intensify efforts and initiatives for prevention and eradication of GBV against women and girls.

Mlenga’s Sowing Seeds film was inspired by the works of Chief Kachindamoto in Ntcheu District and the death of her friend, who died while giving birth at the age of 16.

She said that the film aims at influencing mindset change as well as promoting efforts in social communication behaviour change against high levels of school dropouts, early pregnancies, sexual reproductive health rights violations and early marriages.

“This movie is not only exciting but also educative and I call upon people to come in large numbers and be part of the premiere,” she said.

Mlenga follows in the footsteps of other female film-makers such as Flora Suya, Joyce Mhango Chavula and Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba in producing movies.

She spent close to K3.7 million on the film and it follows his other short film projects such as Caroline.

Sowing Seeds, tells a story of a young lady Nthanda, played by Chisomo Kamwendo, who got married off to her teenage boyfriend (Binuel Phale) and we see the struggle she and her boyfriend go through and how they pull through and change their misery to success.

Other actors in the film include Praise Chingala, Edwin Chonde, Ian Chitsekula, Beatus Msamange and Natasha Sharma.

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