23 April 2002

Zimbabwe: Face to Face Comedy Drama to Start Showing On TV Next Month

CREATIVE Native, the film division of Rooftop Promotions, have completed the shooting and editing of a television comedy drama called Face To Face.

Face To Face will premiere on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's television next month.

Written by Stephen Chifunyise and directed by Godwin Mawuru, Face To Face is a story about a young man's struggle when he is caught between the traditional and modern cultures.

The film stars an all popular and talented cast comprising O' Brian Mudyiwenyama (Farai), Blessing Nyamukapa (Catherine), Eyahra Mathazia (Gladys), Dylan Wilson-Max (Brian), Walter Muparutsa (Joseph), Shuvai Chikombah (Sex Worker), James Mariseni (n'anga), Rosemary Chiona (Catherine's mother), Jasen Mphepho (Taurai), Daves Guzha (Dr Moyo), Sebastian Maramba (Guramatunhu), Patience Musa (Clara) and Antje Berger (Wendy).

Face To Face is about Farai, a script writer living a fast city life and romantically involved with a white girl whom he impregnates.

Apart from the white woman's pregnancy, which he does not want to hear about, Farai comes face to face with a cultural and spiritual problem. He has to marry a Form One rural girl given to him so as to appease a ngozi (avenging spirit).

Farai's brother has been murdered by a member of headman Zindoga Goto's family. As a result, there have been suspicious deaths and illness within the headman's family. Apart from a recent death, one of the sons, Taurayi, is mentally ill and Goto himself lies helpless and sick.

The Goto family consults a n'anga, Guramatunhu, who advises the family to appease the ngozi with a girl.

There is only one girl in the family, Catherine. Catherine volunteers to be given away so as to stop her family members' suffering.

Catherine is a typical rural girl who has never been to town and as a young girl is fascinated by what she encounters in Farai's flat.

As Farai battles to settle with his "new wife" at times sleeping on the sofa or in the bed but in different blankets, he receives a call from hospital.

Wendy, his pregnant white girlfriend has been admitted to hospital where she has had a miscarriage.

Things are not made easier for Farai as Wendy's friend, Gladys, discovers that Farai is living with a minor as a wife. Gladys goes out of her way to expose the intended marriage between Farai and Catherine.

She engages the services of a reporter, Clara, from a magazine that specialises in children issues. Clara would expose the marriage racket and help the girl relocate to a safe house.

An intriguing melodrama to look forward to!

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