Zim film maker dreams big

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean filmmaker, Muchaneta Manyengavana, whose first film recently won an award at the Silicon Africa Film Festival in the United States of America, believes she has begun a journey to stardom.

My Zulu Lessons, a film directed by Manyengavana-a former Daily News and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) journalist-recently landed the Emerging Film Maker Award for 2014 at the Silicon Africa Film Festival in New York.

“The award has inspired me to make more films and tell stories to the rest of the world. I am currently working on a concept for a Zimbabwean film for next year,” said the South Africa-based Manyengavana who is currently working as a Journalist/ producer for Africa News Network.

My Zulu Lessons was produced through funding availed by the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking which assists aspiring film makers in South Africa.

“I feel very encouraged that my very first film has landed an award in a competition that involved 15 countries.

“I was the director of the film and I also appeared a little in the film as a driver. As a director I put my creativity into play to make it visually appealing. The film was nominated in the Best Short Film and Emerging Film Maker categories,” she said.

Manyengavana’s short film revolves around Alpha Mthembu, a Zulu young man who was sent to a children's home at age eight where he grew up only able to speak English and Afrikaans. When he becomes a teenager, he undertakes a journey back to his Zulu roots to fulfil a life-long desire to learn his Zulu culture and language.

“The film was motivated by the need to tell the story of a young and lost soul in his own country among his own people. I saw the story as worth telling as it also helped him come to deal with the demons in his life such as realising that his mother who had abandoned him and was not dead as he had been brought up to think,” said Manyengavana.

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