Barely three months after the premiere of her debut film My Mother’s Story, Malawian actress and director, Flora Suya, has been invited to screen the movie at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) in the United States of America.
The SVAFF 2016 is scheduled from October 14-16 in Mountain View, California, and the selection means that the Malawian film will be in competition for the festival awards.
Now in its 7th year and voted Best of Silicon Valley 2015 (Metro, March 2015), the SVAFF promotes an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images.
Aptly themed “Africa through the African lens”, the annual festival is the only film festival in California that is exclusively focused on films made by African filmmakers and presents over 40 films by seasoned and emerging filmmakers from across the African continent.
The 2016 festival highlights include Red Carpet/VIP reception, a colorful opening ceremony flag parade featuring flags of the countries in the festival, African drumming and dance, film screenings, post screening dialogue with filmmakers in attendance, theme parties, African marketplace, fashion show, food, and awards ceremony.
Meanwhile, as she celebrates the selection, the 29-year-old Malawian screen favourite, calls upon well-wishers to assist her with funds for travel and upkeep.
“I would like to urge organizations and individuals in Malawi to help me foot my travel and upkeep. We have exhausted our budget on the current movie we shot but we are excited and geared to go and attend. We therefore call for donations in kind, for more Information please call +265994063120,” appealed Suya.
My Mother’s Story is an emotional story of love, betrayal and differences in social status. A young woman who works as a housemaid is impregnated by a gardener and later abandoned. Whilst still pregnant, she meets another man who falls for her and life changes, until tragedy later strikes.