Zim-Nigeria movie collaboration

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HARARE - Few movies on this earth become well known while they are still in script format. One such movie is the much talked about collaboration between Nollywood and Zollywood - The Zimbabwe I Know, which, exactly a year after the project was first announced, is finally out.

The movie was launched at a function held at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) headquarters in Harare last week. Officiating at the function was the project co-ordinator and original script writer, actor Tavonga Mafundikwa.

The Zimbabwe I Know became a talking point last year after it emerged that there were differences between the Zimbabwean and Nigerian partners over the plot and that there were challenges with producing the movie in the locations initially intended. These issues were, however, ironed out and production went ahead. The film launch was attended by the acting Chief Executive Officer of the ZTA, Givemore Chidzidzi, Chiefs George and Jerry Okeke of Oketex Investments (co-sponsors of the project with the ZTA), media practitioners and representatives of the recording industry.

Speaking at the launch, Chidzidzi noted that film was one of the most powerful destination marketing tools. He said that places such as the Eiffel Tower that appeared in many movies attracted numerous visitors. The Zimbabwe I Know was directed and produced by Nigerian actor Ejike Asiegbu. It stars Asiegbu himself, famous Nigerian actress Uche Jombo and a host of well-known and other relatively new Zimbabwean actors including Tapiwa Mavingidze, Charity Dhlodhlo, Tatenda Mavetera, Evangelista Mwatse, Tonderayi Chiyindiko, Charles Mucheriwa and Nothando Nobengula.

The movie was filmed in and around Harare. DVDs of the movie will be on sale at Oketex Investments outlets and other distributors around the country as from next week. It is not clear how it will be marketed outside Zimbabwe.

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