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Local films ‘Ngoda’ and ‘Mirage’ awarded in Botswana

Story by Colette Musanyera

THE local film industry continues to soar after two local films: ‘Mirage’ and ‘Ngoda’, were awarded at the Botswana International Film Festival which ended on the 24th of this month.

Produced by renowned filmmaker, Joe Njagu, ‘Ngoda’ bagged three awards in the ‘Best Film, ‘Best Screenplay and Best Sound categories.

Not to be outdone is ‘Mirage’, another Film produced by Joe Njagu and directed by former Miss Zimbabwe Malaika Mushandu, which won the ‘Best Director award.

Mr Njagu said, “We scooped four awards at the recently ended Botswana International Film Festival. Two of our films Ngoda and Mirage were showing at the festival and they were awarded. This encourages us as filmmakers to know that we are not only celebrated locally but also regionally and internationally. We will keep pushing to a point where we have a big thriving film industry.”

It is not the first time for the two films to get international recognition after ‘Mirage’ was named Best Feature Film at the Seventh Edition of the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) held in Canada in September.

On the other hand, ‘Ngoda’ also scooped three awards at the 10th edition of the Zambia International Film Festival held in Lusaka last month.

The film won the Best Cinematographer Southern Africa, Best Sound Southern Africa and Best Actor which was awarded to co-director, Eddie Sandifolo.

Organised by Botswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sports, Gender and Culture, the festival aims to celebrate cinematic artistry, foster networking and collaboration among creatives and promote healthy competition and growth within the industry.

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