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    Local experimental short film to show at Zimbabwe International Film Festival



    DOUG HILL


    MASVINGO -
    Though Zimbabwe's film industry is growing at a healthy and alarming rate it is necessary to point out that the films themselves are still rife with overacting, unstable and uncreative camerawork, songs instead of soundtracks and half-baked scripts.
    It has been a while since Zimbabwean cinematics have come across gems such as Neria and Yellow Card which are both some years old.
    At large our majority of filmmakers for both short and feature films have dealt with their films as if they were relay baton sticks that merely have to be carried from one to the other without much imagination.
    It is after acknowledging all these facts that a short film such as SEIKO (WHY) written and directed by NAMA nominated filmmaker Sydney Taivavashe can be regarded as a creative breath of fresh air.
    The film tells the story of a girl born deaf and dumb and expresses the alienation of the girl from the people around her and the world through silence. The film beautifully uses this silence to draw its audience into the world that this girl is experiencing.
    I caught up with the filmmaker to ask him why he chose to tell this particular story and why he thought using silence was an effective move.
    D.H: SEIKO (WHY) is special in its choice of a protagonist, a girl who is both deaf and dumb. What drew you to this particular character and story?
    S.Taivavashe (S.T): A lot of people are discouraged to follow their dreams and the voice that is inside all of us is killed. The girl is actually a representation of people who live their dreams in silence as they feel being judged. The girl in this particular story is a dream.
    D.G: The film uses mainly silence to express the alienation of the girl. Were you not skeptical of how silence would perhaps mis/under-communicate the sentiments of the film to the audience?
    S.T: I never doubted the technic of using silence to tell the story, in early days of filmmaking before there was sound ,filmmakers used powerful cinematography to tell their stories and that's is where I got the inspiration that I can pull it off. In film you don't tell, you show.
    D.G: This short film is your first ever entry in the Zimbabwe International Film Festival. What does this platform mean for you and your film?
    S.T: Every filmmaker wants International recognition and me being part of the festival and having the opportunity to show many to an audience that big is quite an honor.
    D.G: Any film projects lined up for the future?
    S.T: Yes. I am working on a feature film called The Notorious Gang of Mbare set for March 2017
    The film stars NAMA nominated theatre director and award-winning actor/playwright Charles Munganasa and Eventhough Midzi. Awards will be up for grabs at ZIFF and we hope that SEIKO will pick up some for the Ancient City.Entertainment news
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