Dhewa documentary on cards

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The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust has donated $1 100 to the production of Tongai Moyo’s documentary.

The documentary which is set to be released next month details the sungura artiste’s life as a cancer patient.

Dhewa, as he is known by his fans, is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has been going for chemotherapy to minimise the pain and try to cure the condition.

Speaking in an interview with NewsDay, Culture Fund programme officer Chipo Muvezwa said they had seen it fit to fund the project as it was a unique initiative.

“The project is a unique and noble one. We got involved mainly because it is our role to support and develop art,” said Muvezwa.

She said they feel the documentary is a unique initiative that will spread information about a disease that has racked havoc in many people’s lives.

“I personally know many people who have died of cancer yet unlike HIV and Aids nothing much has been done to create awareness.

“It is a way of informing the world of health issues bringing to the limelight a disease that is not well known about,” said Muvezwa.

She said Culture Fund would not end with funding the initial stage of the documentary.

“Of course we got engaged with the project after its initiation and most of the groundwork had been done, but we want to associate with such projects.

“It is also important to note that we do not just fund and leave the projects, but we also assist the initiators technically depending on the type of assistance they require.”

Producer of the documentary Abel Dzobo said the donation would go a long way in covering the costs of editing, production and shooting of the final scenes.

“I am grateful they feel my idea is a noble one and this donation will cover the costs of the remaining parts of the documentary,” said Dzobo.

Titled The Show Goes On, the documentary contains the trials and tribulations that Dhewa has gone through after he was diagnosed with cancer last year.

It also has clips of his friends, fellow musicians, doctors and other medical practitioners that have been with Dhewa during his fight against the deadly condition.

Some of the musicians that will be featured on the documentary are Oliver Mtukudzi, First Farai, Charles Charamba, and Somandla Ndebele among others.

According to Dzobo the documentary is probably the first major form of awareness that will be disseminated in the country.

This is against the fact that cancer is among the worst killers in the country.