Embracing the Zambian film industry

The film Industry in Zambia has in the recent past seen a tremendous growth, with many Zambian’s being able to produce movies locally.   Local film producer Owas Mwape alludes to the fact that film production in Zambia is growing at a fast rate and will gradually contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.  

“Film production in Zambia is growing at a fast rate and will gradually contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country,” says Owase Mwape. The film Industry in Zambia has in the recent past seen a tremendous growth, with many Zambian’s being able to produce movies locally.
 
Local film producer Owas Mwape alludes to the fact that film production in Zambia is growing at a fast rate and will gradually contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
 
Zambia’s script writer and producer Joel Chungu says that the film industry in Zambia neede to be improved in order to unveil people’s creativity.
 
“It is not easy making it in the film industry because there are no film schools in Zambia, thus one has to invest a lot by going abroad in order to make it, but it’s worth it,” he says.
 
Joel was last week nominated at the Angolan film festival 6th edition for his short film ‘Road to Manda Hill’ and ‘Legend of Lusaka’.
 
“I have worked on a number of short films such as Linked fortune, 'Shanti vibes' which won the best short film on the Ngoma awards 2010, and in 2011 ‘Why me’ also won the best feature film,” he narrates.
 
Meanwhile, Joel has called on young and creative script writers to improve their skills as it would help them earn a living and create their own jobs.
 
“I have my own studio known as Santuary Motion Picture and where young people play different roles such as script writing, make-up artists, producers, and we have created jobs for ourselves,” said Joel.
 
Joel has submitted his short film at the Hanks and Media village Annual Independence Christian Film makers’ festival which was being launched at Fresh view cinemas from 29th November to 30th December.
 
The Film Industry in Zambia has in the recent past seen a tremendous growth, with many Zambian’s being able to produce movies locally.
 
The University of Zambia(UNZA) community has not been left out in the boosting of the film industry in Zambia. UNZA Social and Cultural secretary Josam Nsama said the community came up with a group called UNZA DRAMS which has embraced a lot of talent at the institution.
 
He said that a lot of talent has been unveiled through UNZA DRAMS and has seen huge feedback from society.
 
One of UNZA’s popular UNZA Drums show is ‘Kojo comes to campus.’

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Michael Weber

Michael is supporting the team behind the Luska Star. He is a big fan of Zambia and loves to work with the local talents at UNZA.

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