Dikamawoko Arts has embarked on a national tour to screen the movie B’ella which, locally, has been screened in Blantyre only.
Dikamawoko founder Tawonga Nkhonjera, who directed the movie, said the first destination is Mzuzu on October 30 before heading to Lilongwe and Zomba in the following months.
B’ella, a movie that tackles issues of a girl child, has been screened in several international stages such as Zanzibar International Film Festival (Ziff), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic, Bergen International Film Festival (Norway), Silicon Valley African Film Festival (USA) and Africa in Motion Film Festival in Scotland.
But Nkhonjera said the movie has been locally screened in Blantyre only.
He said this time around they want to extend the favour to residents in the other cities to appreciate the quality of the movie, which has been nominated for the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
“We have started with Mzuzu after noticing that the northern city is usually sidelined in most of the arts activities,” he said.
The movie will be screened at Jacaranda Lifestyle Lounge, with plans to extend the screening to Mzuzu University (Mzuni).
In a related development, Dikamawo Arts, in conjunction with Jacaranda, will conduct a three-day training workshop in filmmaking during the same weekend. At least 21 individuals are targeted for the trainings.
Nkhonjera said the training is one of the three sessions Dikamawoko has arranged before the year ends.
He said Malawi is lagging behind in movie production because the country lacks expertise and manpower in filmmaking.
“The workshops are aimed at producing more filmmakers. We want to produce directors and film writers in Mzuzu to tell their own stories through film,” he said.