Chipfunyise play adapted into film

HARARE - Rooftop Promotions is in the process of adapting Stephen Chifunyise’s highly-acclaimed play Wedding Night into a feature film.

The film, set to be released by mid-year, provides an insight into the institution of marriage in Zimbabwe.

It will be directed by Joe Njagu who assumed the same role in films such as Lobola and The Gentlemen.

Wedding Night joins other feature films from the Rooftop Promotions stable that include Super Patriots and Morons, The Two Leaders l Know and Sinners.

The feature film explores the complexity of a traditional African marriage and what it entails. It revolves around two main characters Farai and Chipo.

Friends and family persuade Farai to respect his traditional values and marry his lover the traditional way but this idea is met with contempt from his fiancée Chipo and her relatives.

Farai’s desire to earn the respect of his father-in-law and other members of his wife-to-be’s family shapes his decision on the form of marriage to choose.

Rooftop Producer Daves Guzha is convinced that his partnership with the highly-respected Njagu will create a feature film of the highest standard.

“We aim to churn out a high standard product that Zimbabweans will be able to talk about and relate to for years to come,” said Guzha.

“The cast is composed of the best of both worlds in order to tell and express the conflict between the old and the new generations. The film puts our marriage procedures and ceremonies into the spotlight.”

Guzha told the Daily News that the making of feature films was part of Rooftop’s new strategy.

“True to its promise, Rooftop’s film wing mandated by the (Rooftop Promotions) board to respond to a need of images of our own people is increasing its quota in this sector by ensuring best industry practice through the coalescing of young and old talent at cast and crew levels,” he said.

The Rooftop Promotions boss added that  they are in the process of identifying actors with the right attributes to be part of the feature film.

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