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Lobola re-energises local movie industry


Munyaradzi Chidzonga’s love affair with his fans during a romantic spell that however came to a crashing end in Big Brother Africa is set to continue as Lobola, a local movie in which the reality television star features, will premiere in Harare on November 25.

The Harare launch will take place at the 7 Arts Theatre and there will be subsequent launches in Bulawayo and Mutare within the next week.

Lobola, which is Zimbabwe’s first comic feature film, was produced by the Decent Arthouse, Fireside Stories, Mighty Movies and Ivory Pictures.

Tapiwa Gandiya from Mighty Movies said the movie was set to re-energise the otherwise dormant local movie industry.

“We had not been producing movies at Mighty Movies as we were looking for a script we could work on and re-energise the Zimbabwe movie industry.

It was interesting working with the talented cast,” said Gandiya.

Although Lobola was initially a seven-minute short film centred on bride price and culture clashes, it was later developed into a full–length feature film.

The movie, which tackles cultural clashes between the older and younger generations, features a highly talented cast made up of veteran and novice actors.

These include Chidzonga, former Amakorokoza actress, Dalma Chiwereva, former Studio 263 cast of Pretty Xaba, Charity Dhlodhlo and Joe Pike.

Sores of Emmanuel actor Edmore Sandifolo, Anthony Tongani, Tonderai Hakuna, Sean Ray and Alice Makaya, also feature in the movie, written, directed and produced by Joe Njagu, among others.

The 93-minute-long, full high definition single lens reflex feature film is a story of brothers who are based overseas but return home to get married without a very cler idea of the mission they are about to undertake.

One of the producers, Rufaro Kaseke, said the production had locally inspired content, world-class quality, local and international appeal.

A hybrid distribution model has been developed for Lobola, consisting of theatrical and DVD distribution.

Meanwhile, the producers are working on a soundtrack album for the feature film which will showcaseTaggz and other local artists.

On Saturday, the Lobola movie crew will travel to Bulawayo for a marketing tour to publicise and market the movie.

Kaseke said during the tour, people will have an opportunity to meet and get autographs from the cast.

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