Film makers urged to come up with patriotic stories

Dumisani Ndlovu

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GWERU — Zimbabwe film producers have been urged to desist from coming up with films
that promote themes that celebrate and glorifies colonialism.
Contributing to the Zimbabwe Film Strategy recently hosted by National Arts Council of
Zimbabwe in Gweru, Midlands State University, Theatre and Film lecturer, Muchineripi
Gwarinda said producers should make films that reflect true indigenous Zimbabwean stories.
“One of the greatest weaknesses in our film industry is lack of creativity. Someone has asked
why we are continuously having the likes of Mukadotas, Gringos and Mutirowafanzas
because it was a colonial project to convince the world that all they (Africans) are good at is
making people laugh.
“And that is why they are ruled by white people in their own country. In America they added
the violent genres, to make people believe that black people are good at making people laugh
and taking drugs and violence,” he said.
“ I think 42 years into independence and boasting of being one of the most educated nations
in Africa, we have let ourselves down in the film industry by restricting ourselves to those
genres,” said Gwarinda.
He castigated black people for normalising the marginalisation, 42 years into independence.
NACZ Executive Director, Nicholas Moyo expressed concern over film producers who
perpetrate colonial and imperial adventures and colonial triumphs and crisis.
He urged producers to come up with patriotic stories than reflect true indigenous
Zimbabwean and African stories.
“Thank you, Mr Gwarinda. I think you have buttressed it in very interesting manner, the
colonial legacy also spoke about us being silly. We were laughing at ourselves. Think about
Mukadota, how he dressed, he was not dressing like normal people. Gringo and Kapfupi, it’s
meant to make people laugh, but even if you walk in our streets, no one wears like what they
showed cased,” he said.
Moyo said the comedians were nothing but promoting a mental colonial legacy.

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