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Kumasowe at Midlands State University

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PRODUCERS of Kumasowe film today visit Midlands State University (MSU) in Gweru where they will share ideas on how to make low budget productions with Theatre and Film students at the institution.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

As part of their project to take the 80-minute-long film on a national tour, tomorrow the film will have a community screening at Mutapa Shopping Centre before it is taken to Mkoba 16 and 22 on March 4 and 5.

The community screenings are supported by Hivos and Culture Fund Mobility grant.

Producer of the film Silvanos Mudzvova said MSU is one of the local universities that has a vibrant theatre and film department hence they decided to share ideas with the upcoming producers.

“We started this project with a zero budget and normally when you have such a budget, it means you have to sacrifice to get a lot of things done and that what we want to share with these upcoming producers and actors at MSU,” Mudzvova said.

The film is a political satire that exposes how rife corruption is in the police force tackling serious issues of accountability, power abuse and brutality.

It chronicles the battering of several anti–riot police officers who had accompanied Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe president Johannes Ndanga to effect a ban on a Johane Masowe eChishanu apostolic sect in Budiriro last year.

The story opens with police officers engaging an official who seeks to regulate the operations of Vapostori.

The junior police officers are taken from a roadblock and are overtaken by their zeal and fail to consider pertinent issues before they engage.

Unknown to them, in the Vapostori camp are ex-convicts that are seeking redemption from spirits of violence, disgruntled vendors and kombi drivers who are trying to get assistance at the church after numerous losses caused by the police, among others.The film also critically deals with reproductive health in a didactic manner.

Starring in the film is award-winning actress Nyaradzo Nhongonhema (Madzimai Spiwe), Valentine Tapi (Madzibaba Isaiah), Olivia Chipindu (Officer Chigubhu), Eddington Hatitongwe (Officer Chamvari) and
Moses Kawara, who stars as Officer Kepekepe.

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