By Alfred Zgambo.
When one hears a low voice mentioning Malawi movie arena, the name Shame Joyah usually comes to their minds. This name needs no introduction, both locally and internationally, as far as this field is anything to go by.
Looking deeper however, there’s more to the Malawi movie industry than just Shame Joyah and associates.
While many a follower have blacklisted the local movie industry as a malnourished toddler, one Khama Mbaula believes strides are being made.
The Lilongwe based founder of Afritrix pictures “a video and photography studio believes if people could be ambitious, the local movie industry could easily be transformed.
The youthful Mbaula, who already boasts of two movies to his credit, Letters from the Future 1, and 2, feels lack of clear set goals, and insufficient funding are derailing the progress of the local movie industry.
“There’s lack of understanding by financiers and fellow filmmakers of what it takes to come up with a good production, and technical knowledge, and competence is not there to those practicing,” wails Mbaula.
Malawi’s veteran movie maker, Charles Shemu Joyah also once echoed similar sentiments that the country faces a great challenge in as far as the film marketing is concerned.
“It’s difficult because there are no proper distribution channels in Malawi. We sell DVDs through shops and filling stations,” He said
So, although the marketing strategy for these locally produced movies is far from satisfactory, ambitious filmmakers have not stopped dreaming big. To Mbaula, Shame Joyah serves as an inspiration to many filmmakers, as his movies have gained international recognition.
“Being on the same wavelength as Joyah’s will be a dream come true for me. I know it’s not easy, but it is possible,” challenges Mbaula.
So, as the days go by, Mbaula is always busy in the studio, fine-tuning his art. Who knows one day, we might have another Shame Joyah in him?
Watch this space!! Im going to be there one day!!!” challenges Mbaula.
Links to Mr Mbaula’s Movies:
Letters From The Future-Silent Angel (Malawian Movie)
Malawian Short film series based on stories of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Filmed on location in Lilongwe (Malawi) co-directed by Khama Mbaula and Bright Makina. Sho…