Lo­cal ac­tress' NAMA de­light

The Manica Post - - Education / Entertainment - Lib­erty Dube Entertainment Correspondent

MUTARE-BASED ac­tress and film­maker, Amanda Ran­ganawa’s stock con­tin­ues to rise af­ter her film, ‘‘Kushata kwe­moyo’’ was nom­i­nated in three cat­e­gories of the 17th Na­tional Arts Merit Awards edi­tion set to be held on Fe­bru­ary 17 at Reps Theatre in Harare.

Ac­tor Charles Muzemba was nom­i­nated in the Out­stand­ing Ac­tor cat­e­gory (film and tele­vi­sion) while Ga­muchi­rai Dube will com­pete with Kudzai Musungo and Nothando Loben­gula in the Out­stand­ing Ac­tress cat­e­gory. The film’s direc­tor Shem Ze­mura was nom­i­nated in the Out­stand­ing Screen Pro­duc­tion (tele­vi­sion) for the movie ‘‘Muzita rababa’’.

27-year old Ran­ganawa is a holder of an Hon­ours De­gree in Theatre from the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe.

She has won sev­eral Theatre awards be­fore.

“I wrote the film be­cause it was a part of me. I took the abuse that I ex­pe­ri­enced for five years in my teenage years and turned it into ‘‘Kushata kwe­moyo’’. It took me quiet a while to come up with this script. Ini­tially I wrote the rough draft in two days. I had to sleep the whole day af­ter that. I was ex­hausted. Then I started the process of rewrit­ing and cor­rect­ing er­rors, among other things. I was con­fi­dent in my writ­ing be­cause I had read a lot of books on abuse and its ef­fects on chil­dren. A month later I wrote two ver­sions of the script which in­cluded the Shona ver­sion and the one with both Shona and English.

“It was emo­tion­ally de­mand­ing and en­er­get­i­cally drain­ing I must say. But I am glad the process gave birth to this nom­i­na­tion. I am elated with the recog­ni­tion. I am in­spired to do even more. We work as a team and I am glad that it has started yield­ing pos­i­tive re­sults,” she added.

‘‘Kushata kwe­moyo’’ will pre­mière at Ster Kinekor Easte­gate in Harare on Fe­bru­ary 22. She paid trib­ute to her mother, whom she de­scribed as “pro­tec­tive”, “strong” and “sup­port­ive”.

“She in­spires my works. I named my media com­pany Maclara Mul­ti­me­dia Pro­duc­tions af­ter her,” she said.

Amanda Ran­ganawa

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