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The Story of Nehanda cast and crew with President Mnangagwa

Terrence Ndowora

Masvingo Arts Club well known for productions like Gonarezhou, Poor Cousins and Operation Restore Legacy among many others continues to rock the airwaves with their latest production, The Story of Nehanda, premiering on the national broadcaster ZBC-TV.

The Story of Nehanda film, which has been on the cards since last year, was launched on ZBC-TV during Independence Day (April 18).

The movie’s producer and script writer Charles Munganasa said the film was a story about the people’s struggle, identity and past.

“The Story of Nehanda film was produced after the realization that Zimbabweans needed to be integrated with their history.

 “The movie came after the government wanted to put a statue of Mbuya Nehanda at the intersection of Samora Machel and Julius Nyerere, there were mixed feelings among the citizens of Zimbabwe whether it was worth establishing the statue in recognition of Mbuya Nehanda.

“As young film makers, we thought it was important for us to tell Zimbabweans the story through a medium which is understood with a lot of people,” said Munganasa. 

The story of Zimbabwe started back from the time of Mbuya Nehanda who was one of the pioneers of the First Chimurenga.

The film, which was produced by 3 different film companies— Nelned pictures, Ngano Studios and Township pictures— was written by Sydney Taivavashe and Rtd Major Special Matarirano.

Munganasa said that there was thorough research which was done before the film was produced.

“We got information of Mbuya Nehanda from National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean Archives and from Chief Seke who is in charge of the land in which Mbuya Nehanda originated,” said Munganasa.

He further elaborated on the challenges which the crew faced during the pre-production of The Story of Nehanda.

“Our major challenges was the setting of the film which was supposed to be set around the 1890s, casting of white people, challenges to get costumes and among others,” said Munganasa.

The film was shot in Harare, Masvingo, Domboshava, Nyanga and Mazowe, and was featured by Eunice Ratidzo Tava being Mbuya Nehanda, Nobert Sakarombe and Anton Tongai among others.

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