SOUTH African-based Zimbabwean actor and voice artist, Charlene Chiedza Kudzai Mhende is set to walk local filmmakers through her journey in the film industry at the Film Forum and Awards closing night, as the curtain comes down on the annual Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF), which began last week in Kensington and Mufakose in the capital.
BY ARTS REPORTER
Before gracing the awards ceremony, Mhende, popularly known as Chi, in the top SA soap opera Generations: The Legacy will present an award.
Earlier in the day, she is set to host a brunch workshop, whose emphasis would be on how actors can become more professional in their craft.
The workshop will be presented in collaboration with Almasi Collaborative Arts.
Almasi Collaborative Arts associate district director, Zaza Muchemwa, urged local filmmakers to attend the workshop, as it will equip them with some tools that can assist them in maintaining their voice in the global trade as Africans.
“This workshop is a must-attend because she (Mhende) will be talking about her career in South Africa’s creative industry, the training she got, the collaborations that assisted her to get where she is and steps that one can take to venture into the SA industry,” she said.
ZIFF Trust executive director, Nigel Munyati reiterated the need for aspiring filmmakers to attend the workshop, so as to have an understanding of concepts in professional filmmaking.
“At the workshop, Mhende will be presenting on what aspiring actors need to do to become more professional and how directors, cinematographers and writers can connect better with the actor,” he said.
Apart from her role on Generations: The Legacy, Mhende is also the voice of Siyaya and Al Jazeera’s global health series, Lifelines.
This year’s edition was held in collaboration with the International Image Film Festival (IIFF), with the themes The Business of Film and of Women, By Women, for the People for ZIFF and IIFF, respectively.