First Dawn Arts Managing Director and award-winning filmmaker, Shemu Joyah is set to premiere his latest film titled The Road to Sunrise in Lilongwe on November 3, 2017.
Joyah, who came into the limelight in literary circles for directing and producing Seasons of a Life and The Last Fishing Boat, movies, which won the hearts of many Malawians said in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Tuesday that Bingu International Convention Centre Auditorium would be the venue for the launch while in Blantyre, it would be premiered on November 11, 2017 at Robin’s Park in Blantyre.
Joyah said the film tackles a number of social issues that affect women in society and Malawi in particular.
“But the film is for everyone else [to watch] regardless of gender orientation. This is why we are targeting people aged 18 and above,” he said adding that women exploitation, gender based violence and women empowerment are some of the issues depicted in the movie.
He added, “The story has a profound message to youth of today, particularly girls, on how they can empower and defend themselves against the shackles of exploitation.”
Joya hoped movie lovers would like it because it portrays how women can stand by each other and empower one another to make ends meet.
One of the lead actresses, Mirriam Phiri described it as a dream come true to be part of the “Road to Sunrise’ project.
“The movie advocates for women to love one another, respect one another and help one another when the going gets tough,” she added.
First Dawn Arts is a Malawian firm whose objective is to establish a robust entertainment industry by exploring a diversity of Malawian arts and culture through the production of films, music, and literary works among others.NE