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Kabwe-ka-Mukuba film festival on the cards

KASEKETI

CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe
PREPARATIONS for the second Kabwe-ka-Mukuba (Rock of Wealth) Film Festival of Zambia, which is scheduled for September this year, have started.
The film festival is the brainchild of Child Exposure Zambia Arts (Chieza), Mumbi via Media and Ichilumba Arts and Culture Foundation in partnership with Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival.
Chieza executive director Gabriel Mbambala says the Kabwe-ka-Mukuba Film Festival is held to encourage the creation of local films which depict how people live.
“Definitely the festival is on this year and we hope to have a successful film festival. We did our best as organisers but it’s the people who attended who can also rate how we performed ,” Mbambala said in an interview on Tuesday.
He said apart from the screening of local films, among the activities that will be included in this year’s film festival will be arts and cultural forums, disabled and children’s forums.
Last year’s inaugural Kabwe-ka-Mukuba Film Festival of Zambia was held from August 19th to August 22nd at Clayton Park, and the event attracted a good number of people despite the interruption caused by power outages.
Former Kabwe mayor Richard Bango officially opened the festival, whose guest of honour was Catherine Kaseketi of Vilole Images, the organisers of Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival.
Gospel musician John Chiti performed at the event.
Man Shot Down, done in South Africa, Suwa (produced by Kaseketi) and Gift Hands were among the local films that were showcased at Clayton Park, in Makululu and Nakoli townships respectively.
Mbambala said creation of films which depict the Zambian culture and way of life should be encouraged.
He also called for broader participation of school children and the youth to promote arts education among young people.
Chieza believes that through broad stakeholder involvement in the arts industry, young people could play an important role in preserving tradition and culture.

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