The Herald (Harare)

17 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Tavaziva Opts for Shona Script

VON TAVAZIVA, the brains behind the hugely popular ZBC action thriller, "Go Chanaiwa Go", is back with a new feature film titled "S'mbimbinino" now showing at Rainbow City Cinemas in Harare and Bulawayo.

Written, directed and produced by Tavaziva, the action film was shot in Shona with English subtitles.

The movie is also available in the streets of Harare together the television series "Go Chanaiwa Go". However, "S'mbimbinino" is poised to go places judging by from the quality of production that was put into it.

This was a clear indication of the positive developments of the Zimbabwean film industry.

Tavaziva said they decided to use Shona to promote the indigenous language and also as a way of reaching out to a wider audience.

"After watching 'Go Chanaiwa Go' and loving those parts we acted in Shona, many people loved the language and requested us to use it (Shona) in our next production.

"We wanted to prove that we can produce a movie in Shona and people can still appreciate it if it is done well. This is also another way of preserving the language and urging people to continue using it, although we have English sub-titles in the movie," he said.

The movie is about the dreams and aspirations of the girl child and how she can conquer challenges in the face of adversities.

"The film is aimed at giving hope to the girl child and also reminding them that marriage alone is not their only destiny in life but education is the key to whatever they want in life. People should support the girl child to make her dreams come true," Tavaziva said.

He said they would take the movie to various parts of the country in an effort to make it accessible to a wider audience.

"Apart from screenings at Rainbow City Cinemas in Harare and Bulawayo, we will also take the film on a tour in other towns and cities screening it at public places so as to propagate the message to a wider audience," Tavaziva said.

"S'mbimbinino" (played by Amina Chivasa), is a rural girl who is orphaned and left to head the family that also comprises her disabled brother.

This has a massive toll on her school work and her grades fall as she spends most of her time trying to fend for themselves. A good Samaritan comes in the form of Mrs Katsande (Lorna Chidhoba) who volunteers to assist her by any means necessary.

Mrs Katsande teaches S'mbimbinino modelling and her star shines on her when she is crowned Miss Rural thus changing her life for the better. Tavaziva said they produced the movie without any sponsorship.

"We had no sponsorship but we still managed to make the film from our own limited resources. We will not give up until we reach there despite our shoestring budget.

"I would also like to salute the cast who sacrificed to make the movie without any pay and the only money they will get is from the sales of the discs of the film which we sell on the streets.

"We are going to work with the same cast in our future productions because they have shown commitment to uplifting the local film industry, despite the challenges that dog the industry.

"We also urge the corporate world to give the support we deserve because film is an industry that can sustain people," Tavaziva said.

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