A local movie that focusses on the “Diaspora dream” titled Something Nice from London premiered at the British Council in Belgravia on Thursday night.
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The movie, which is an adaptation of Petina Gappa’s short story An Elegy for Easterly, stars various big names in the industry including Munya Chidzonga, Pretty Nxaba, Memory Bususu, Lovewell Chisango, Michael Kudakwashe and Daniel Maphosa.
The movie is set in both Harare and London, telling the story of a young man who dies in London after facing the reality of gloom apart from the stereotyped riches in the diaspora.
A cousin, who is also struggling to earn an upkeep in the UK, is forced into prostitution to pay the cargo fee for the corpse while the family back home do not only carry the burden of grief, but also financial constrains associated with feeding multitudes who come for the funeral.
Something Nice from London was produced by a British company Latimer Films in collaboration with the British Council and various film makers who were roped in to learn from the professionals.
Yeukai Ndirimani, who was a trainee director together with Joe Njangu under the mentorship of seasoned British director Nick Marco, said she enjoyed the way the movie was made.
“One thing I loved about the whole process was the collaborative nature of it where everybody had a chance to contribute to the process without feeling like a spectator,” she said.
Other local filmmakers who were involved in the project include Josh Changa, Rufaro Kaseke, Yeuki Leonard Matsa, Kudzayi Ngwerume, Taurai Kawara and Rumbidzi Karize, among others.