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Time to watch ‘My Mother’s Story’ Friday night

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TT’S time to watch a latest movie tonight which was written by renowned actress Flora Suya and its title is My Mother’s Story.

The venue is none other Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe which seems to have gained ground in terms of hosting events.

Suya said yesterday that all is set for the movie premiere and that and called on people to come in large numbers and support her.

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The renowned actress, who has starred in award winning movies The Last Fishing Boat and Seasons of a Life by Shemu Joyah and impressed, has a huge task of winning the hearts of people with her own movie.

But she is optimistic that people will love the movie as well as the story.

“It has taken me a lot of time working on this movie and I can challenge people that it is of good quality although it is a low budget film,” she said.

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She said she has invited several other well known people to the premiere including Vice President Saulos Chilima.

“The vice president is not coming as a guest of honour, he is coming just to be part of this history but also support. There are also other people I have invited so I am hoping for the best,” said Suya.

The actress, who also starred in a Zambian movie Chenda, maintained that the one hour and 30 minutes movie which was shot in Lilongwe, was written by her and that she directed it together with Bester Kauwa.

Suya also features in the movie although she wrote and directed it.

“I am excited it’s been my dream to work on my own movie and so I am happy that finally I have a film to show. It has not been that easy but I have worked hard,” said Suya.

The actress said this was the beginning of more things to come and that people should expect to see more of her working as a film maker rather than restricting herself to acting only.

Suya said that she has spent close to K2.5 million to produce the movie starting from pre-production(three weeks), shooting (six weeks) and editing (nine months.)

Suya added that this will not only be a night for premiere but she will also launch a DVD of the film.

“I know it is a disadvantage to me to have the DVD ready as some international film festivals would not be reluctant to screen it but I also had to consider people’s complaints,” said Suya.

The premiere tonight will have a red carpet and that apart from screening the film, there will also be performances from a dance troupe and gospel singer Gloria Manong’a, who produced the sound track for the movie.

She said the movie is telling an African story and that it centres on a young woman who works as a housemaid.

She is impregnated by a gardener, and later abandoned.

And whilst still pregnant she meets another man who falls for her and life changes but tragedy later strikes.

“There is a lot in the movie so let me not pre-empt it but one main lesson in there is that don’t judge people until you know their whole story,” said Suya.

Among the actors playing various roles in the film are Tapiwa Gwaza, Miriam Mwazimva, comedian Diana Satha, Jeremiah Mwaungulu and Times Television presenter cum musician Annie Matumbi.

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