New movie emerges from Balaka

Life lessons, inspirations and entertainment. These are some of the elements of a new movie The Empty Blame to be released by Balaka-based film production company We Create Arts Theatre (Wecat).

And, if the movie trailer is anything to go by, Malawians should brace for an interesting and mind-gripping action.

The brains behind the movie, Florence Chilanga, said shooting has been completed and they are working on post-production circuit and release dates.

A scene from the movie

“Being our first movie, I must say this is the beginning of a new chapter in Malawi’s film industry. I wrote and directed the movie and people should expect something new,” she said of the movie shot and produced by Land Line Productions from Tanzania.

The film director said they invested about K700 000.

She said: “Right now we are waiting for potential sponsors to help us with the premiere. But on our part everything is set.”

According to Chilanga, the film tells a story of a married Malawian woman Susan (Florence Chilanga) who is experiencing domestic violence because she could not conceive a baby.

“Society blamed her because traditionally a new couple is expected to have children few years into marriage,” she said.

Eventually, the woman was divorced and went back to the village where she remarried and fell pregnant. Back in town, the man also remarried but the new wife failed to have children. It was proved that Susan was not the problem.

Chilanga, therefore, described the movie as a story of family challenges, saying: “It is a story that shows what happens in our society. It tries to tackle problems women who are perceived barren face in families.”

Other members of the cast are Gerald Chisamba, Francisca Kwaera and Arthur Sanena.

In a separate interview, filmmaker and actress Flora Suya described the movie as a great project coming from the youthful group. She said the group has potential to make it big in the industry.

“It is definitely a good start. What they needed to do was involve some people who have experience in film making to learn some tricks because as they say, experience is the best teacher,” said the award -winning actress.

Wecat was formed in 2016 and has 15 members; six women and nine men.

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