Zimbabwe film wins African Oscar

The ceremony for the awards ‘ which are equivalent to Hollywood’s most prestigious film accolades, the Oscars ‘ was held in Nigeria last week . The film won awards for the Best Upcoming Actress (Tendai Musoni) and Best Cinematography. It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Arnold Chirisa), Best Actress (Kudakwashe Maradzika), Best Sound Track and Best Screenplay. Tanyaradzwa was among 15 films nominated for this year’s edition of the awards. The event was beamed live across the world and received intensive media coverage. The producer, Dorothy Meck, received the awards. “(We) are overwhelmed by the response that the film received and are very grateful to the audience in Zimbabwe and across Africa for their support,” said Meck. “Winning the African Movie Academy Awards is a great achievement for (us) and Zimbabwe as a whole and we feel encouraged to make more films, which tell the true story of Zimbabwe, the story of Africa.” AMAA seeks to promote the African culture, encouraging professionalism in the movie industry in addition to offering professional development and networking opportunities. The film follows the story of Tanyaradzwa, an 18 year-old girl who falls pregnant while still at school. Afraid of what the future holds for her and the baby, she runs away from home. Her leaving home presents a journey of tough choices and a rather uncertain path through self-discovery and survival. ‘ New Ziana.

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