The movie, The Gentleman, has been nominated for two awards (best foreign language film category; best director and best cinematography) at the American Film Festival a record of sorts and a flag raiser on
the international scene for Zimbabwe.
Long derided for producing donor inspired stories that talk of African societal issues such as HIV/Aids and poverty the feature film The Gentleman seems to have broken new ground.
Even celebrated movies like Yellow Card and Neria had socio-economic themes so prevalent in African cinema.
Rufaro Kaseke, producer and cinematographer of the movie, said: “This shows that cinema in Zimbabwe is almost arriving and with support we can achieve a lot. We are obviously excited. To be nominated with five
other great films is an honour in itself.”
The star-studded cast comprises Miss Malawi 2010 Faith Chibale and local actors that include Munyaradzi Chidzonga, Elijah Madzikatire, Precious Makhulumo, Patrick Mabhena, musician Willis Wataffi, Charles
Muzemba, Tonderai Hakuna and Miss Matofotofo Sithandazile Dube, among others.
South Africa-based dancehall musician Buffalo Souljah features behind the scenes as he is assisting on the sound tracks of the movie.
Chweneyagae who played the lead role in the popular movie titled Tsotsi said he enjoyed working on the movie with the Zimbabwean actors.
“This was my first time to partner with Zimbabwean actors and I shared my experiences and also learnt from them,” he said.
The movie has already got its big day and nights on the circuit showing at Rainbow Cinemas in Harare and Bulawayo.