15 March 2019

Zimbabwe: Digital Migration Pays Off for ZBC

ZBC TV continues rolling out television productions that were funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) under the Zimbabwe Digital Broadcasting (Zimdigital) migration project. The programmes that range from game shows, dramas, soapies, lifestyle and music shows have bolstered content on ZTV while empowering local filmmakers. Already airing this season is drama series "Diaspora",, which within two weeks of showing, is already topical both on social media and in traditional conversations.

Directed by award-winning actor Eddie Sandifolo, the drama series touches on social issues that arise when people travel abroad seeking greener pastures.

"The series follows the story of a couple that is broken up by relatives when they marry poor, with the husband failing to provide for his wife. The woman is then shipped off to the Diaspora only to realise that she is pregnant, but has no way of returning to her former husband or to communicate with him.

"Twenty years later, his son born out of the pregnancy, pesters her about his roots and she travels back home to look for her lost love," said producer Raphael Yobe. Created by Dr T. K. Tsodzo, the screenplay is written by Felix Mutasa and was shot in Marondera, with 75 percent of the cast coming in as new talent.

"We worked with budding actors and actresses. This is also Eddie Sandifolo's first shot at directing. They all did amazing work; a sign that given a chance our industry can grow.

"We therefore appreciate efforts by our Government through BAZ, in developing our industry," said Yobe.

Other productions to come out of Zimdigital include "Tamba 263" which will soon be aired on ZBC TV and "Celeb Café", "Dreamers", "Chikwambo", "Animal Health", "Seiko", "Esigabeni", and "Paivepo", which have already been shown on the aforementioned broadcaster.

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