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Intwasa premieres rape awareness film

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BY OBERT SIAMILANDU

ORGANISERS of Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo on Saturday premiered a short film titled Date Night that looks at the culture of silence when girls or young women are raped on Amplifying Girls Voices TV channel on YouTube.

The film, written by Faith Moyo, directed by William Nyandoro and produced by Raisedon Baya, is part of the Amplifying Girls Voices Through Digital Arts project supported by Plan International and the government of Finland’s Foreign Affairs ministry.

Intwasa administrator Runyararo Mutandi told NewsDay Life & Style that the gist of the short film is to use art as a tool to trigger conversation on issues affecting young women and girls that are generally not spoken about.

“In August, we produced a film on child marriages, but Date Night focuses on date rape, a form of rape where the victim is in some form of relationship with the perpetrator,” she said.

“The film’s story revolves around a girl who goes to say goodbye to her boyfriend because she is going to university. The boyfriend, however, has other plans. It gets physical and then silent.”

Baya said Intwasa and Amplifying Girls Voices Project uses film as a tool for advocacy.

“The messages, debate or engagements that arise from the films are very important. They are the reason we are making these films,” he said.

The film cast includes Michelle Moyo, Clinton Ndlovu, Sithandazile Dube, Princess Masuku, Lindsey Murombwi, Michelle Dlamini.

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