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The making of liberation war film “Chinhoyi 7” is at an aanced stage and the movie is expected later this month. Filmmakers working on the movie said they finished shooting last month and they are now editing the production.

The movie was shot for almost two months in various parts of the country that include Chinhoyi, Harare, Bulawayo, Concession, Honde Valley and Nyanga.

The cast of local and foreign actors took part in the film that is expected to be an action-packed revisit to the Chinhoyi Battle of 1966 that claimed the lives of seven liberation war fighters that fired the first shots of the Second Chimurenga.

Writer and director of the movie Moses Matanda said the production is going well and they are finalising the editing process.

“We are happy that everything went according to plan. The local and international actors that took part in the production rose to the occasion and we are promising a world-class film,” said Matanda.

“We had experienced and new actors for the many roles of the film. We shot in the village, in cities and in the bush where we did battle scenes. The battle scenes are the most exciting. We did the scenes in Chinhoyi and Honde Valley.

“We tried to cover various aspects of the war in order to educate younger generations about the struggle for freedom and remind the older generation about the sacrifices that sons and daughters of the soil made to liberate this country.”

Foreign actors that took part in the film include Julian Shaw from Britain, Mori Miyuki from Japan as well as Cameron Morton, Gregory Brown and Cynthia Stone (all from Canada).

Popular local names in the production are Chipo Bizure (known as Eve from Studio 263), Edmore Sandifolo, Albert Nyathi and Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave.

Matanda is the main actor in the film, which a joint venture between the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and Honde Valley Television based in Canada.

In an earlier interview with The Herald Entertainment, the filmmaker said his film was inspired by the need to show the world the history of our liberation struggle from our own narrative.

“In many cases, the history of Zimbabwe is very Anglo-centric and biased. It shows the supremacy of whites over black people.

“It portrays black Zimbabweans as barbaric and as a people stealing land from white people. This is incorrect and I am willing to share the true history of Zimbabwe with the world through film,” Matanda said.

“The film also seeks to honour Zimbabwean war heroes who are still depicted as terrorists by white media houses.

“I am willing to show people what the war veterans went through. Freedom was never free it was paid for with what can never be replaced.

“This fact alone should humble us all. Let’s honour and respect our men and women that fought for the country. A younger generation of Zimbabweans born after independence in 1980 still has to be taught a lot about our war and independence.”

Matanda said the movie was a starting point of more projects in the pipeline that are meant to revisit important events of our history.

“I chose Chinhoyi Battle because it was the first in the Second Chimurenga. I intend to shoot more war movies of battles that took place across Zimbabwe.

“I want to sit down with war veterans and listen to their stories, then shoot movies based on what they say.”

Source : The Herald

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