With just days before the much awaited premiere, Fatsani movie has been ranked as one of the 10 African films and TV series breaking boundaries.
The movie has been recognised as one production that is attracting enthusiasts globally despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Global English-language news broadcaster Deutsche Welle adds that the film, ranked together with others from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, Ghana, Gambia and Nigeria, has contributed to the growth of the movie industry on the continent.
“While the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on some African sectors, the creative industry is booming across the continent. African films and TV series are winning fans around the world,” reports www.dw.com/en.
Specifically for Fatsani, it says: “Though the Malawi film industry is still in its infancy, many Malawians are excited to watch this new locally produced series.
“Inspired by real life events, the plot revolves around a 13-year-old girl forced to drop out of school because of financial hardship. The producers, HD Plus, hope it may even make an appearance on Netflix.”
In a separate interview, one of the movie’s directors, Gift Sukali alias Sukez, hopes the recognition will bring good tidings.
“We hope many people from around the world will know about the film and Malawi. We are proud of this moment and we know the world is eagerly waiting for Fatsani,” he said.
Produced over a year ago, the film’s premiere is set for April 30 at BICC. Due to Covid-19, the production team opted for a drive-in cinema premiere where movie screens and other equipment will be set and fun seekers will be watching from the privacy and comfort of their cars.
“All is set for the experience like no other in the history of film industry in Malawi. The red carpet event will start from 6pm and gates will close at 6.30pm,” said Sukez.
Drive-in movie theatres are common in the West and have been the ideal choice for cinemas since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.
The global challenge resulted in the Fatsani production team being creative with how it proceeds with the premiere which initially was supposed to take place in August last year.
Said Sukez: “Our goal is to premiere the movie in a unique way while also bringing back the cinema culture in Malawi. The drive in will employ tight restrictions in terms of movement, for Covid-19 purposes.”