Weeks after winning Malawi’s first ever Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA), movie producer Joyce Mhango-Chavula screens Lilongwe, in the capital city on April 1.
The film, produced and directed by Mhango-Chavula who also plays a role in the production, won the inaugural best southern Africa movie golden horn award earlier this month.
The movie was premiered during the Lilongwe Cinema Festival last year but has not screened since then.
“It is now time to screen the movie, Lilongwe. So Madsoc Theatre is the place and April 1 is the date from 7 pm.
“We premiered the film at the film festival and now we are on a drive to have it screened. Some people might have missed it during the festival and this should be their chance,” said Mhango-Chavula.
The producer says she has plans of taking the movie to other parts of the country for screenings.
“We have plans to go to Blantyre and currently, we are in talks with some people there who want to help us. We are also planning on going to Mzuzu and on one of these two places, we will release the DVD,” she explained.
Lilongwe is a story of a 13-year- old girl who later grows into a beautiful young 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 story, Lilongwe, played by Brenda Mselu, is saying, “don’t judge me, you don’t know my story”.
The movie beat competition from South Africa’s Sara Blecher and it is the second movie this year to receive the highest number of nominations, with a total of eight as well as Akin Omotoso’s Tell Me Sweet Something which had four nominations. n