Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama says local movie producers have potential to make it on the international market with their high-quality movie productions.
The minister made the remarks on Monday when he met the producers of the highly anticipated local movie Fatsani set to be premiered at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on April 30.
“Looking at the trailers of this movie, it is clear that these people really invested enough time to come up with a quality product. I am in full support of this project and I am excited that these young people are also targeting the international market,” he said.
Msungama said he was happy that the movie has contributed to the creation of one million jobs as it has about 320 people involved in its production.
He, therefore, urged local filmmakers to be innovative by coming up with creative ideas if they are to find space on both local and international markets.
“I believe there is a lot of talent to be discovered in Malawi, especially among the youth. Looking at what HP Plus has done, I believe many young people can make a difference by using their talent to achieve their goals and dreams,” said Msungama.
The minister pledged to attend the premiere of the movie.
Movie director Gift Sukez Sukali thanked the minister for the support.
“The movie is addressing critical issues affecting society, including gender-based-violence, sanitation and corruption. We are optimistic that it will not only entertain, but also teach,” he said.
Sukez said he and his team are confident that Malawians will appreciate the movie and that it will make a breakthrough on the international scene.
Fatsani is a movie about the survival of a young girl who is left to fend for her sick grandmother by selling fritters. In the streets, she meets corrupt city council officials who occasionally confisticate her merchandise and other hardships