VETERAN filmmaker Eddie Ndhlovu has described his forthcoming film titled Nyanga as a tale of courage and conservation amid adversity.

Shot at Lake Kyle in Nyanga and in Harare over a span of 15 days, the film showcases the stunning beauty of Zimbabwe’s natural landscapes while highlighting the urgent need for conservation efforts.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Nyanga National Park, the film, directed by the dynamic duo of Ndhlovu and Jakov Dakovic, promises to captivate audiences with its powerful narrative and stunning cinematography.

Produced by Talent Chitauro and written by Ndhlovu, Nyanga is a work of love that celebrates the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Zimbabwe.

The film follows the journey of Panganayi, a dedicated ranger whose life is intertwined with the majestic rhinos he tirelessly protects. Portrayed by the talented Collin Ncube, Panganayi’s unwavering commitment to conservation is put to the test when he faces the ruthless threat of poachers infiltrating the park.

When news of the poachers’ arrival reaches him, Panganayi confronts his greatest challenge yet. Armed with nothing, but determination and the support of his dedicated team, he embarks on a perilous mission to protect the rhinos at all costs.

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The film delves deep into Panganayi’s personal struggles, from the loss of his beloved wife to the challenges of raising their children amid the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through it all, Panganayi finds solace in his family and draws strength from their unwavering support.

Ndhlovu said Nyanga was more than just a film, but a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the power of resilience in the face of adversity.

He said the choice of Nyanga National Park as the backdrop for the film had several motivations and storytelling advantages.

“The first impression we got from Nyanga when we did our location scouting was the natural beauty of Nyanga National Park. Its stunning landscapes and scenery provided a visually appealing and immersive environment for the audience. The natural beauty enhanced the storytelling by creating a sense of wonder, emphasising the importance of conservation and also bringing out the aspect of the setting of the film which is a remote park,” Ndhlovu said.

“Nyanga National Park has a cultural heritage and historical significance that was woven into the storytelling. It also has historical landmarks that brought to life the cinematic picture that we were looking for.

He added: “Also, we wanted to film in a real national park as the setting brought an air of authenticity to the film. It allowed us to capture the unique characteristics and atmosphere of Nyanga National Park, making the audience feel like they are truly involved in the story.”

Despite facing numerous challenges during production, including unpredictable weather conditions and logistical complexities, Ndhlovu said the dedicated team behind the production of the film remained steadfast in its commitment to bringing the important story to life.

“With meticulous planning and unwavering determination, we overcame every obstacle to deliver a cinematic masterpiece that is sure to leave a lasting impact on audiences,” Ndhlovu said.

“As the film prepares for its much-anticipated release, audiences can look forward to being transported on a soul-stirring journey that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the importance preserving our planet’s precious wildlife.”

The cast of the film that uses Shona with English subtitles includes Andre Ndhlovu and Brandon Mushaninga as the DOPS starring Collin Ncube, Benhildah Kandawasvika, Hardlife Makuku, Llyod Mazengula, Talent Nyamayedenga and Peter Chester.