Masvingo film producer breaks new ground

By ZBC Reporter

MASVINGO based award-winning Film Director, Sydney Taivavashe has collaborated with a United States based Nollywood film producer in a production expected to feature some of the best actors from Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

After a successful Gonarezhou film project which came out tops in the Best First Feature Narrative category at the Pan African Film Festival in USA last year, Sydney Taivavashe, the writer and producer, has collaborated with Nollywood producer Ibidolapo Ajayi in project called, “A township Story.”

Speaking at a press briefing in Masvingo this Wednesday, Taivavashe said the project is centered on the lifestyle of youngsters in a township and will be shot here in Zimbabwe.

Many of my films are centered on social issues and this one is focusing on lifestyle of youngsters in a township reflecting on issues of association, peer pressure and a number of issues affecting the young generation in their hoods. Met Ajayi in the USA and we spoke about this project which he said he was impressed and we decided to work together, he said.

Ibidolapo Ajayi said Zimbabwe’s film industry has got talent, hence the collaboration.

 After meeting Sydney at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles last year and I saw Gonarezhou movie, I realized that here in Zimbabwe there is a lot of talent, immediately I knew there will be an opportunity to collaborate with him and today here we are soon to start working on A township story, noted Ajayi

Taivavashe is part of the team which produced “The Story of Nehanda,” movie which chronicles the trial and execution of one of Zimbabwe’s liberation icons, Mbuya Nehanda.

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