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Film pokes fun at unemployed youths

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A SHORT film mirroring lifestyles of unemployed youths living in the high-density suburbs will be released next week courtesy of RC and M Productions.

Report by Tinashe Sibanda Entertainment Reporter

Titled Rokesheni, the film is expected to go on sale on October 26. Rokesheni producers said the film was meant to inspire high-density suburbs youths to quit unproductive activities for income-generating projects.

The film focuses on the life of Takudzwa, a young man in Chitungwiza, who after completing a diploma in Information Technology, struggles to find a job.

His father, a renowned drunkard, and an apprehensive mother put pressure on the young man daily questioning him over his uncertain future.

In a bid to escape from his stressful environment, Takudzwa finds solace in drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana with his two friends also entangled in their own dilemmas and fading dreams.

In his interminable quest to free himself from his poor condition, Takudzwa bumps into Sandy, a beautiful girl from a well-to-do background.

He deserts his friends and family to live with her. Sandy is battling her own social problems and the two find comfort in each other.

However, the world Takudzwa left behind trails him when his father is diagnosed with a deadly disease and calls for his son’s help.

Takudzwa struggles to establish balance in his life as he fights unemployment, alcohol and drug abuse, love, HIV and adultery in the family.

“We are targeting various youths living in the ‘ghetto’ exposed to circumstances similar to those reflected in the film,” said Rokesheni director Rangarirai Chikwene.

“Characters in the film portray real life issues that would also affect adults in various backgrounds. We want the movie to appeal to the mature in different social classes because the main story is a universal family account that can affect anyone.”

He said his main aim was to spread a message of safety, love and triumph through this life drama.

The storyline widens its scope to include minor themes like the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, as one of the characters in the film gets infected with the virus while pregnant.

Chikwene encourages youths to come together to combat unemployment, HIV and drug abuse.

“Filming is my passion and after spending time visiting Chitungwiza, my friend’s neighbourhood, I realised there was so much that needed to be done to improve the lives of unemployed youths. I decided to do it through this film which I hope will change lives.”

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