All smiles, work done - Joyce Nyirenda

Love heats up in “Bitter Sweet” Malawian Short MOVIE


By Chifundo Zingunde

Another day, another epic motion picture served. Lilongwe-based Satellite Entertainment has stunned its audience once again with another scintillating short film, “Bitter Sweet”. Which has hit the ‘box office’ on the 3rd of July 2020.

Released on the 3rd of July 2020, “Bitter Sweet” comes a few months after another artistic motion picture, “Privacy” from Satellite Entertainment.

“Bitter Sweet” is a telltale of current boy-girl relationships in which the male side of the affair wants sexual gratifications from his ‘usual’ spoiling spree to the female side.

On the contrary, the girl just wants to be spoiled with the said gifts but is not sexually attracted to the boy. This is the commotion that talented young minds, Kwanjana Kanyanda, and Joyce Nyirenda have painted in the 12 minutes of “Bitter Sweet”.

Kanyanda is optimistic the story does not only entertain the audience but also will enable them relate to some other real-life issue either in their life or of those around them.

“I believe people are going be entertained (upon watching it) )and some may relate to the story,” he hopes.

Short at a single location at Area 47 Lilongwe, the movie is available for free streaming and downloading on different online platforms; YouTube inclusive.

Meanwhile, Kwanjana is hopeful Malawi’s movie industry would soon meet people’s expectations.

“We are getting there slowly but surely. I see more people are making films which is a nice development and I hope someday film makers here may start profiting from their productions. Because that’s the only way they can make more films.”  he said.

Reacting to the development, Joyce Nyirenda who collaborated with Kanyanda on generating the idea of  “Bitter Sweet” is excited with the final output.

“So, the feeling I had when generating the idea in bittersweet with Kwanjana was mixed! I was excited about it!  I was excited because I knew we are bringing something new that Malawi has never had in years! We literally saw it was possible to fuse in something unique and something different,” reveals she.

She adds, “My goal is to contribute to Malawi through film industry! I want to be part of the growth! I should be able to be recognized based on merit! People should appreciate my work knowing it’s really what the world deserve so I am up for the challenge! Five years from now I will be doing something big in film industry.”

“Bitter Sweet” whose executive producer is Ahmed White Abudu has brought together Malawi’s promising acts – Cathreen Mlenga, Henry Batson, Chisomo Kamwendo.



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