In a drive to conquer the local film industry, Zomba Film Production (ZFP) is in the jungle shooting its fresh movie titled War Without Meaning slated to be out by December this year.
Director of the movie Never Matewere, alongside Clement Kapanga, play government hired commandos fighting against the nuisance Jamahiriya rebels group led by tyrant General Kabila (not of Democratic Republic of Congo) whose main aim is to take over the government despite having no agenda of socio-economically developing his country.
The troubles that the Jamahiriya rebel group has caused in the country are rampant. For instance, abduction of vulnerable people such as women, children and girls who are brutally treated and exposed to various harassments such as rape and kept for days without food as well as being kept in dilapidated structures.
Above all, the Jamahiriya also infringes on the basic human rights of children, especially boys who were supposed to be in school, but have been recruited in the group as child soldiers who are forced to bomb towns and cities.
This two-hour vernacular Chichewa movie exposes the discomforts that this rebel group has caused in the country. This influences government to send her troops to fight the rebels, but to no avail.
This development further forces the government not to relent; it recruits people with military background to complement the government’s troops in an effort to apprehend General Kabila and his group.
The two ex-soldiers, Matewere and Kapanga are hired. They are called commandos. They venture into a chase of General Kabila but the mission gets tough as they meet resitance from Kabila and his group.
“Though the mission is getting tough, our mission is to arrest Kabila. When arrested, we need to remind him that we are all Africans and we should not fight among ourselves,” said Matewere.
The movie insists on that most African wars are meaningless because they are centered on the greed of some few individuals who seek powers for their personal benefits. Besides, the movie believes that some African wars are internationally influenced, which in turn drain the wealth and other continent’s resources as some financers export African resources to their continents while the Africans are busy fighting.
The setting of the film is Mulanje Mountain, Zomba Plateau, Lake Malawi and Senga Bay Mountain in Salima as well as Lake Chilwa Wetland in Zomba.
“We deliberately chose these sites for purposes of getting both local and international tourists to appreciate the beauty of the country after watching this well cooked film, a development that may enhance the local tourism industry,” said Matewere.
The duo observes that the Malawi film industry has a potential to break into the international market if government and other stakeholders support the industry.
They state that most local film makers produce films without the support of any partners, a development that affects their production.
“We urge government to establish policies that will give stiff penalties to people who pirate our films and above all we need support from well-wishers to propel our industry to greater heights,” he said.