By Yolanda Moyo
A short film by a Bulawayo-based journalist and screenwriter, Nkosilesisa Ncube, has been screened on ShowMax, an online subscription video on demand service under the Multi-choice group of companies.
Shot in Bulawayo, Ncube’s short film titled ‘Figure It Out’ questions the culture of sharing clothes that belonged to a deceased person.
“The film is basically about a young woman who loses her father and in the process of trying to grieve, she has to deal with a lot of external forces and the reason I did it was that I wanted to question the grief culture in our local traditions. There are a lot of rules that you are told when you are grieving and they come from nameless, faceless beings and you simply have to follow them,” says Ncube.
Through her film, Nkosi said the Zimbabwean story can only be properly told by Zimbabweans.
“I think identities are formed by how people perceive you. So, if you put out a positive image of the place you are from people will see it in that way too and that ultimately becomes your identity of everybody else, whereas if you keep letting other people tell you that Zimbabwe is a place like this or a certain group of people are like this, that ultimately ends up being the identity. But if you take charge of what people say about you, it’s a long process, but baby-steps and in the long run we might have a view of us as a people rather than having a view coming from people of outside.”
The screenwriter has also exhibited her talent in writing books after publishing her debut novel titled ‘Drafts.’
“Drafts is my debut novel. It’s a collection of 100 letters which I wrote over lockdown. It’s a collection of letters I wrote over a year or two. So, it’s letters to different people, to my family, to my friends, to some boys. It’s letters to a lot of different entities and they are 100 of them and it’s interesting, if I do say so myself.”
Nkosi hopes to further her skills in the film and television and tell the Zimbabwean story internationally.