Despite the global pandemic and following recession for the global film industry, 2020 has been a fantastic year for Zimbabwean movies. It has seen the release of quality films, such as “Gonarezhou” and “Shaina” and we have been excited to see “Cook Off” being the first Zimbabwean movie ever to be accepted onto the global streaming platform Netflix.
By Film Correspondent
To end the year with a blast, we are pleased to announce that the local production “Mirage” has been nominated for not only one, but 3 awards for Africa’s most prestigious award – the AMAA (African Movie Academy Award). The nominations are for best soundtrack (Prudence Katomeni Mbofana and Gwevedzi), best actress in a supporting role (Charmaine Mujeri) and the main award for the best first feature film by a director (Malaika Mushandu).
Malaika the former Miss Zimbabwe 2011 has already made a name for herself in the modelling world, but with her debut feature film “Mirage”, she makes an impressive entry into the film world. Lending her talent for storytelling to the film industry, she wants to give a voice to the often-underrepresented half of the population – the woman.
Therefore, it is not by accident that “Mirage” is about three women who escape prison, only to find out that the walls of life are much harder to overcome.
The script was written by seasoned writer Virginia Jekanyika and the film was produced by legendary producer Joe Njagu in collaboration with MMX Productions and Malaika Productions.
The film is yet to have its official world premiere, likely to be held early next year, depending on the development of COVID-19. The award show will be held in Lagos on the 20.th of December, but due to the virus restrictions the show will also be streamed live via the AMAA Facebook group and various other platforms – please see the AMAA website for details.
SCENES FROM MIRAGE
As for the next plans, the filmmakers are keeping their cards tight for the time being – but safe to say that we will hear more from them and form the movie “Mirage” in the beginning of 2021 – and that we can look forward to.