Zimbabwe: Minister says at launch of "The Gentleman” that Zimbabwean film industry has potential if funded properly


Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu last week said the country's film sector had the potential to grow if it was properly funded.

In his address at the launch of a local film "The Gentleman” (shot in Zimbabwe and South Africa), Shamu called on the private sector to invest resources in the local film industry.

"This will make the industry viable and lucrative. As a country we are ready to stand side by side with any other nations in the world that have proved their worth in the industry," he said.

Commenting about the film, The Gentleman, Shamu said the film had brilliantly represented local talent. "The film has demonstrated talent within our local actors. Our local actors can exhibit immense talent if given the necessary resources," said Shamu.

The film that was shot in Harare and Johannesburg stars Phillip Chiyangwa, Munyaradzi Chidzonga and South African actor Presley Cheneyegae among others.

Note: The movie features one of Zimbabwe’s business tycoons Philip Chiyangwa.
It was directed and written by Njagu and edited by Charles Mawunga. The star-studded team boasts a cast comprising Precious Makhulumo (Amakorokoza actress), Patrick Mabhena (Izolo Yizolo actor), Willis Wataffi (musician), Charles Muzemba (Estate Blues actor), Tonderai Hakuna (Lobola), Elijah Madzikatire (Neria), Sithandazile Dube (Miss Matofotofo) as well as Amakhosi theatre students Moreblessing Majola and Mthandazo Moyo.

The movie will also premiere in Bulawayo two weeks after the Harare debut followed by screenings in Malawi, South Africa and United Kingdom.