‘Sponge’ launches in Malawi with a bang

A movie written and directed by United States (US) based Malawians Chawezi Kabuzi Munthali, Wezi Chipeta and Ben Wandawanda has been launched onver the weekend in style as many Malawians dressed up for a red carpet premier in Lilongwe.

Ben Wandawanda being interviewed by Zodiak TV at Sponge launch
A scene in Sponge

After Lilongwe at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC), the 89 minutes film, produced by Mphongo Film Productions was taken to commercial capital Blantyre  at the M-Theatre, Chichiri Shopping Mall.

In  a Hollywood inspired feel, Malawians had a red carpet photo opportunities with

the director, executive producer and the cast.

Sponge was first premiered in Atlanta in August before its second screening in Indiana in October.

With Faith Bvumbwe and Victor Kamwendo from Malawi and Abby Njobvu from Zambia as main actors, the movie tells the story of a Malawian woman who tries to balance life by trying to meet family and society expectations with matters of the heart in Atlanta, US.

Knowing that moral standards for women are different from those of men, Anna Guga (played by Bvumbwe) has to decide if love or infatuations are worth the trouble in the foreign land.

Munthali, who goes by the name Chaz in entertainment circles, said the film had received support by Malawias.

“I feel proud that Malawians have supported Sponge,” said Munthali  a couple of years ago, he directed pilot series for Sweep which accumulated over 200 000 views on YouTube.

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