Film de­pict­ing vuzu par­ties on the cards

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Hazel Marim­biza

LO­CAL filmdi­rec­torand­scriptwriterMthabisiZi­dlekhaya Ndlovu from Em­gan­wini sub­urb has pro­duced a film that ad­dresses the is­sue of vuzu par­ties that will be pre­miered at the Bu­l­awayo The­atre next Satur­day.

The film ti­tled Teenage Trail (Home of De­cep­tion) was born out of con­cern over the reck­less­ness of the mod­ern day teenagers who en­gage in “vuzu house par­ties”. The vuzu par­ties have be­come a men­ace in Bu­l­awayo as teenagers con­vene at dif­fer­ent venues to en­gage in sex­ual or­gies, al­co­hol and drug abuse at the so called house par­ties. A lot of stu­dents have been ar­rested for at­tend­ing these par­ties with anti-vuzu par­ties’ cam­paigns also be­ing held at schools to con­sci­en­tise pupils.

“The film is about a group of teenagers who go for a house party with­out in­form­ing their par­ents. Their worst night­mare comes alive when one teen girl called Mar­garet Ndlovu goes miss­ing with no trace or clear pat­tern to fol­low,” nar­rated Ndlovu.

The one hour 40 minute-long film with a cast of 18 was shot in sev­eral sub­urbs which in­clude Pe­land­aba and Cow­dray Park. And co­in­ci­den­tally, there is a house in Cow­dray Park that was well known for host­ing these par­ties every Fri­day.

Al­ready, the film has caught the at­ten­tion of many so­cialites and artistes and is gain­ing recog­ni­tion on so­cial me­dia through is trail­ers.

“We have trail­ers on var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms which have re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back. For in­stance, Ayanda Daweti from Scan­dal has ex­pressed in­ter­est in launch­ing our trailer”, said Ndlovu.

At the launch, there will be short per­for­mances in form of songs, po­etry and dance by the Ex­tra Mile.

Ndlovu, a pas­sion­ate film­maker, said de­spite fac­ing chal­lenges in the film in­dus­try, he was not giv­ing up on his tal­ent.

“Some peo­ple’s per­cep­tions have been dis­cour­ag­ing as they do not re­ally be­lieve ‘lo­cal is lekker’. There’ve been mixed feel­ings due to the un­friendly eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion there­fore some peo­ple are very scep­ti­cal of the con­tent we pro­duce.

“There­fore, con­vinc­ing the pub­lic that we’re worth their at­ten­tion has been quite dif­fi­cult but we won’t stop push­ing,” said Ndlovu.

“Also, fi­nan­cial con­straints have seen us face a lot of chal­lenges that have made op­er­a­tions not move swiftly as I’d have wanted.”

In 2016, Ndlovu shot his first film called Text Mes­sage and in March this year, he launched a film called Umzamo.

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