Local film lovers should anticipate a new local television series on TV titled Brother’s Keeper.
The series will be produced by actor-cum-filmmaker Ashukire Mwakisulu under his newly-established Tereza’s Dream Entertainment. The series are expected to hit the airwaves in two weeks and will be beamed on Zodiak TV.
According to the series’ trailers that have been released recently, the story centres on three characters Levi, played by Mwakisulu and Luso played by journalist Steve Dakalira and Tikhala portrayed by Sibongile Kumwenda.
Levi is an out-of-work journalist who is struggling to survive on freelancing. On the other hand, Luso is a marketing executive for a thriving car dealership company. Though they enjoy strong brotherly ties, their fortunes keep taking contrasting paths.
The brains behind the production, Mwakisulu said the storyline is based on real life experiences though he brought in some elements of fiction.
“What the leading character Levi is going through is what every creative person goes through in this country. The frustrations and anguish upon realising that it is almost impossible to pursue your God-given talent and earn a living through it.
“On the other hand, you have a family that believes you are wasting your time and that you need to get a proper job,” he said.
Apart from Mwakisulu, Kumwenda and Dakalira, the cast also features names such as Tendai Mkumbwa, Mwandidalitsa Topola, Paul Chibwana, Precious Denja and Magret Katuma, among others.
The director said they are planning to have 13 episodes for the first season and that so far, five episodes have been completed and shooting is still continuing. He said he hopes the upsurge in Covid-19 cases will not disrupt their schedule.
He said: “The content we have already is enough to cover the first five weeks because we will be showing it once a week with a repeat broadcast during the weekends and an omnibus broadcast at the end of the month.”
Zodiak TV’s marketing and sales executive Nkhwachi Peter Mhango said as a local TV, they are keen to work with local producers whose content will add value to their television platform.
He said: “We have a contract for the TV series which will be beamed on Zodiak TV. We are talking to several partners and we have successfully talked to HTD Limited, who are willing to partner us in this venture.
“For a long time, we have not had local series on our TV and we have carefully accepted some of the proposals that we got.”