Human trafficking film premiers


BOUNDARIES Within, a captivating film on human trafficking, unveiled new acting talent including former Young Warriors goalkeeper Simba Manzungu, when it premiered before a full house at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe on Sunday.

Manzungu, who plays Mr Hue — the human trafficking kingpin — told NewsDay Life & Style after the screening that it had always been his dream to join the film industry as an actor.

“I have always adored acting in front of a camera. I used to act in dramas at my church (Anglican), but this was not enough so this is a dream come true,” he said.

Another emerging young star, Agnes Chirume (20), plays Chido, who falls victim to human trafficking after a female pastor lies that she has secured her a job at her church’s office outside the country.

Despite a few technical weaknesses, the Annie Paradza-produced film gripped the audience’s attention from the beginning to the end as it chronicled the pitfalls facing many desperate jobseekers.

Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation deputy minister Yeukai Simbanegavi, who was part of the audience, congratulated Paradza for producing “a good film”.

“At first, we were so excited watching, but at the end I almost cried. The whole film is so emotional. I am touched. This is really good,” she said.

“Let us work together as government, the creative sector and the general public in fighting human trafficking. The role of the creative is not only of storytelling and imagination, but of being the voice of the voiceless.”

Simbanegavi also read a speech on behalf of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa in which she expressed the need to raise awareness on human trafficking and coming up with strategies to curb it.

“Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery happening within or across borders regardless of race, tribe or gender. Anyone can be a victim. Poor children are taken advantage of, separated from their families to work early,” she said.

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