Creators of Fatsani: A Tale of Survival film, HD Plus, Monday called for support from Malawians saying.
Producer Hastings Golosi, better known as Hago, said this on the sidelines of the film’s screening on Zambezi Magic on DStv channel 162 and Gotv Supa on Sunday.
“We are happy with the overwhelming response we have got from people having watched the film on Zambezi Magic. It’s been a long process for some people to watch it but these things are bound to happen. For us, this has motivated us to continue pushing and it is all about telling our stories,” Golosi said.
He said having Fatsani: A Tale of Survival on Zambezi Magic and also Showmax was a testimony of the strides that filmmakers were making in the country.
“We, as filmmakers, still have more room for improvement; we need to strive for quality in our movies but we need support. People should avoid piracy and support their own,” Golosi said.
The organisers have recently come under heavy criticism for their failure to make the film accessible in other platforms including DVD.
Director Gift Sukez Sukali said in January this year that the film would not be on DVD anytime soon.
The screening of the film yesterday coincided with this year’s Oscars 94th Academy Awards which were handed out in Los Angeles, United States of America (USA), honouring the movie industry’s finest for the past 12 months.
The film, which tells the story of a girl Fatsani, who is forced to sell bananas in the streets for the sake of survival, has, among others, scored points on picture quality and sound but some quarters feel the storyline lacks.
The film was selected by the Malawi Oscars Selection Committee to represent the country but it did not make it.
It got a nod to participate in the Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Academy Awards having also bagged an award for Best Film Director –Southern Africa at Sotambe International Film and Arts Festival in Zambia.
“We failed to make it; of course, people hit at us after that but we need to take these brave steps. We have learnt lessons and I am sure we will improve in our next film,” Golosi said.
The winner for the Best International Feature has gone to Drive My Car (Japan).
Some of the actors starring in the film include Hannah Sukali, Edwin Chonde and Joyce Mhango Chavula.
Meanwhile, the Oscar’s event was a subject of discussion Monday on social media with people including Malawians highlighting Best actor Will Smith, who slapped Chris Rock in the face on stage after the comedian made a joke about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He later apologised on stage.
The incident overshadowed the Oscars ceremony.