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Ziyanda shooting fails to take off

Bruce Ndlovu
Film buffs will have to wait longer to see the human trafficking saga Ziyanda come to life as the moviea��s producers are battling to come up with funds to kick start the star studded production.

The movie, which launched its trailer to much fanfare in Bulawayo and Harare in May, features a cast of high profile actors and actresses from Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The cast for the movie includes former Generations actress Katlego Danke, Rhythm City actress Nhlanhla Ncipha, local actress Penelope Moyo, ZBCtv presenter Nyasha Mtamangira and gospel musician, Pastor G among others.

Produced and directed by South Africa-based Zimbabwean filmmaker Thabo Sibanda, the film tackles the scourge of human trafficking around the continent.

Shooting for the film had originally been set to begin in September.

In an interview, the filma��s executive producer said that no date had been set yet for when shooting for the film will begin, as they were yet to finalise on their sponsorship packages.

a�?We had hoped that shooting for the movie would begin in October but sponsorship sometimes does not come easy and in this case it has taken longer than we thought it would. We are finalising things and the hope is that we begin shooting before the end of the year,a�? he said.

Nkomo allayed fears that some of the moviea��s stars would leave if production was delayed, saying that the major stars like Danke had dedicated this year to it because of its groundbreaking nature.

a�?If you remember well the interview Danke did in South Africa with Drum Magazine she clearly stated that she had set aside this year for the production of Ziyanda. This is because this movie is one of a kind in Africa and there really is nothing like it currently in production,a�? he said.

Nkomo added that the moviea��s star actors were not bound to the film, as they were free to feature in other productions while it was still in limbo.

a�?We have said that we are not going to stop anyone from featuring in other productions. The actors are free to star in other productions in the meantime,a�? he said.

The feature film is about Ziyanda, played by Ncipha, a woman who goes undercover to dismantle a human trafficking syndicate. The film was undertaken with the intention of exposing the harsh reality and cost of human trafficking, a subject that is rarely tackled in African film.