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Three Malawian films to screen at Zim Festival

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Three Malawian movies B’ella, Lilongwe and Mwayi Wotsiriza will screen at the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) in Zimbabwe.

The 15th annual IIFF organised by the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe, which is dedicated to screenings of women—centered narratives, opens tomorrow through to September 3 with free entry screenings on all films at all venues.

Festival Director, (Trainee), Laura Ganda, said they were happy that this year they see the return of the South Africa Development Community (Sadc) competition to the festival with Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa being represented.

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According to the IIFF 2016 catalogue, there are several films set to be screened with three from Malawi.

B’ella directed by Tawonga Nkhonjera and has screened in several international film festivals will screen at Rutendo Hall Mufakose on Sunday afternoon and then National Gallery of Zimbabwe on September 1 in the afternoon.

Starring, among others, Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba and Vinjeru Kamanga, the movie delves into a story of B’ella, a 17-year old girl from the outskirts of Blantyre, who wrestles with intersection of traditional life and new role of girls in modern day Malawi.

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She artfully navigates her roles of daughter, sister, student, advocate and a girl who just wants to grow up.

Mwayi Wotsiriza (Last Chance) produced by Chancy Mauluka will screen at Stimulus Hub on Saturday afternoon, Alliance Francaise on August 31 from 17:30pm and then Rutendo Hall Mufakose on September 1 from 4pm.

Mwayi wotsiriza talks about a frustrated primary school teacher, who proposes a daughter of an economically vulnerable rural woman and impregnates her.

The education system, already challenged by inadequacy of teachers, has to find a solution.

Lilongwe, an award—winning movie by actress Joyce Mhango Chavula, who will also be part of the jury alongside renowned writer Shadreck Chikoti at the festival, will screen at National Gallery of Zimbabwe on Sunday from 17:30pm and Rutendo Hall Mufakose on August 31 from 2pm.

Voted the Best Movie – southern Africa during the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Lilongwe centres on the story of Lilongwe, a 13-year-old girl, who later grows into a beautiful woman but is still haunted by her past.

She is a strong woman who has three children from three different men and society brands her as a prostitute but she believes she is doing her best to survive.

Throughout the movie, Lilongwe sends out a strong message, saying “don’t judge me you don’t know my story”.

Mhango Chavula said recently that she was happy to be part of the festival to play jury alongside Chikoti, adding that it would give her a chance to network.

Chikoti said their presence at the festival is culminating from their relationship with the organisers through Story Club which saw them hosting a mini -festival in April in the country.

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