The local movie industry slowly growing into Mollywood, has another peak in its quest for recognition following a release of Moyo, a movie sets to thrill local audiences.
With a cast of experienced actors, Moyo-an hour and 40 minutes movie- evolves its theme from real life accounts.
It revolves around a girl who was orphaned at tender age and went straight to live with her grandparents in a village. There the girl pulled out a surprise when she scored highly in Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) with shining grades.
The story also recounts her ordeal when she traveled to the city to stay with her uncle. She became a victim of domestic violence -ill-treated by her aunt.
The movie, written and directed by renowned comedian Jacobs Mwase also embraces life accounts of street kids and offers hope for destitute children.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Mwase described Moyo as a mature production.
“We spent time rehearsing and we did all necessary moves to ensure that people have a good movie on their shelves. Moyo is just a continuation of some of the movie ideas we already developed such as Tinkanena 1 and 2, which is also doing quite well on the market,” Mwase said.
However, he did not mince words over pirates, saying the conduct has made the country losw millions of Kwacha that would have otherwise benefited the local actors.
“It has been our plea that people should buy original copies, not burning ones. The local industry is failing to grow because it is being hampered by such acts of piracy,” he added.
Mwase then urged government and private sector to come to the aid of the local movie industry just like in other countries like South Africa and Nigeria who have made strides in movie production.
“If Nigeria is progressing in movie making industry is just because government and the private sector come to their help. Its time our government start taking arts as real business and pump in more funds to make it more viable and sustainable,” Mwase explained.
Moyo has a cast of 22 with Jacobs Mwase, Tame Mwawa, Alice Mwase, Lucy Noah, Alfred Lucky being on leading roles.
The movie was shot in Likoma Island and some parts of Blantyre. And some of the scenes were done in Ilala ship, depicting some of the beautiful sceneries in the country.
Moyo has been produced by The Sweet Island Productions in conjunction with Zakaria and Mwambo Arts Theatre in partnership with renowned television actor, Augustine Mauwa.