MELGIN Tafirenyika’s new film Sour Milk is out and will be having its first screening at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival in Harare.
The festival runs in Harare from October 4 to 11 in what is expected to be another thrilling experience for Zimbabwe’s growing sector.
Tafirenyika said he was thrilled to be bringing the film home.
“Sour Milk is out and it will be playing at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival which is starting next week on the 4th of October,” he said.
“I am a Zimbabwean and it is great experience to bring the film home.”
In the film, what looks like a perfect relationship for Shelter, (Zinle Machi), turns out to be “sour milk” when she realises she has been actually been seeing her boss’ hubby.
Meanwhile, Coaster the player (Tafirenyika) gets the test of his own medicine when his women clash in one room.
The film is directed by Myre Maramba, co-written by Anderline Gold Egbuhuzor and Tafirenyika and who doubles as the producer.
“While this movie is for entertainment only, there is a vital message I was passing to every living being regarding HIV and Aids that claim two million people every year worldwide,” Tafirenyika said.
“The film was released last month, but we kept it in the studio because we did not want to give people a half-baked cake. So we have been polishing the sound and coming up with an international picture quality.”
The film will run five times at the festival after which it will be launched on December 20 at a venue yet to be confirmed in Harare.
He said the film would be available on DVD later as well as cinema.
Tafirenyika hailed Zimbabwean filmmakers that have defied all odds and by working hard to produce more work even when there seems to be no reward.
“My feeling about Zimbabwean film industry is there are people who are really doing well trying to boost it with the likes of Joe Jangu, Nakai Tsuro, Von Tavaziva and Tsitsi Dangarembga. We will get there one step at a time,” he said.
“What we need is to edge people to support local content because that is how we grow.”
Meanwhile, ZIFF has announced that Restless Talent Management would be part of this year’s Industry Programme at the upcoming festival.
Festival director Nigel Munyati said the Industry Programme is presented by the Film Forum, the workshop component of the Festival.
“The festival this year alone is expecting over 30 industry professionals from Germany, South Africa, Nigeria, Poland, France, Botswana, UK, Barbados, Namibia Kenya and the US. They will take part in various programmes ranging from workshops, paper discussions and the pitch session,” Munyati said.
“The pitch will see local and visiting filmmakers line their work up, whether at concept level or in early development, to try and impress upon Restless Talent Management as investors.”
Talent Management is a United Kingdom-registered company with offices in Cape Town (South Afrcia), Nairobi (Kenya), London (UK) and Los Angeles (US).
Its mission is to nurture and support the pioneering talents who are redefining creative content on the continent and beyond.
“Together with other filmmakers, they will host a Pitching Workshop, and the Restless Pitch for aspiring Zimbabwean filmmakers to pitch their film projects,” Munyati said.
“Other programmes lined up include a Master Class on Cinematography to be conducted by respected DOP Eric Witgzall.
“A selected number of camera persons will be taken through various aspects of effective cinematography. The Film Forum also lobbies for a Film Commission in a discussion titled A Case for a Zimbabwe Film Commission where experiences will be shared with countries who have successfully implemented such commissions like South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation.”