STAFRANCE ZULU, Ndola
ALTHOUGH local filmmakers continue bemoaning the lack of appreciation and support by local broadcasting houses, they still seem to be making
strides on the international stage.
In the week that Rugano Nyoni’s film “I Am Not a Witch” was stealing headlines after being screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, four Copperbelt productions were also being premiered on DStv’s Zambezi Magic, the channel that caters for productions from the southern African region.
The four productions — City on Fire, Spoiler, Snakes and Ladders and Security Guards – were premiered at a red carpet event dubbed Kopala Magic held at Protea Hotel in Ndola last Saturday by MultiChoice Zambia.
City on Fire is a Ndola-based production that is written and directed by Wyclif Mwamba of Wyclif Production. The first season of the drama series, to run from June 19 to September 11, explores the complex happenings of a city where virtue and evil are in perpetual battle for supremacy.
Spoiler and ‘Snakes’ and Ladders are both Luanshya productions produced by veteran artiste Jonas Mumba and directed by Changa Kalumba. The former, which started on Monday and runs until August 7, is the name of a spoiled brat as well as a television, dark comedy show. Each spoiler escapade is stuffed with much relentless wit and a little horror, which only end when Spoiler’s primary objective is met. The latter production is a breath-taking drama.
On the other hand Security Guards, a Kitwe sitcom production created by Paul Lukwesa, is based on Tizadyanabo security firm’s employees’ work ethics and how they affect the company progress and their livelihood. In the series, which started on Monday and ends on August 5, the employees take the viewers into their world which is filled with hilarious moments and the Tom and Jerry foolery as they run circles around each other and their platoon commander.
The premiere of the four local productions was graced by Copperbelt Province permanent secretary Elias Kamanga, who himself is an artiste. He encouraged the cast of the four local productions to work harder.
“We commend MultiChoice for the commendable job they have been doing of exposing our local talent to the world and rewarding it with equity. It is our hope that you will continue on this path that you have led for the past 22 years during your operation in Zambia,” Kamanga said.
“To the creative minds, the challenge is yours to take up; Zambezi Magic on DStv and One Zed on GOtv are platforms that have been presented to you to exploit. They will not only expose your talent but bring real income into your pockets as we the viewer’s enjoy real and authentic Zambian content.”
And MultiChoice Zambia public relations manager Mwika Malindima says since its inception two years ago, Zambezi Magic has spent K5,661,590 on productions and marketing services in Zambia and plans to further increase in the next financial year.