Inspiring Young Imaginations to be launched
This film is recommended for children between the ages of 7- to 12-years old and was directed by Rungano Nyoni. It is in Swahili, with English subtitles. Mwansa the Great is about an 8-year-old boy who accidentally breaks his sister’s magic mud doll. Therefore he goes on a quest, not only to fix the doll, but to finally prove that he is ‘Mwansa the Great’.
Rungano Nyoni is a writer and director born in Lusaka, Zambia, but she moved to the United Kindom when she was ten, and her name means storyteller in Shona. She has also directed the short film “The List” and “20 Questions”, both released in 2009. She wrote, directed and produced Mwansa the Great in 2011, with financial assistance from Focus Features Africa First Programme and the UK Film Council.
Mwansa the Great has won the Griot Best Short Film Award at the Tarifa African Film Festival in Spain, the Audience Award at the Vienna Independent Shorts in Austria and Best Directing at the Naoussa International Film Festival in Greece. All these awards were garnered in 2011.
The entrance fee at the door will be N$5.