TWO TOP South African celebrities on Monday said they were thrilled to be part of the upcoming film Ziyanda, a production mooted fronted by Zimbabweans.
BY LUYANDUHLOBO MAKWATI
The film is about human trafficking, which is estimated to be a worldwide $32 billion annual industry.
Former Generations actress Katlego Danke (Dineo Mashaba) and Rhythm City’s Zintle Ncipa (Khamo) were in Bulawayo on Monday and expected in Harare on Tuesday. They said they were elated to be part of the film.
Danke and Ncipa said they looked forward to playing a role in educating people about human trafficking.
Danke said it was sad that many stories had been told in the world about war and famine, but little if anything, had been said about human trafficking.
“It is sad that a lot of stories have been said in the world, but nothing has been done about human trafficking yet it is said to be an illicit multibillion dollar industry,” she said.
“ I am happy that I will take a stand as an African woman by taking part in the Ziyanda film where I will speak for young women on the continent and beyond.”
Ncipa said the film would go a long way in healing the world and showing how people could guard against human trafficking.
“We get people receiving air tickets and being promised jobs in various countries,” she said.
“When they emigrate, they get abused – especially women who are sexually exploited. I believe through this film we are going to heal the world.
“We will educate people from all nations and we hope that this would protect women from being sexually exploited.”
The launch was conducted on Monday night at a colourful ceremony graced by members of the cast.
A breath-taking two-and-a-half-minute trailer was shown to the audience. Eight scenes have been shot in Bulawayo for the trailer and about five scenes in South Africa.
Former Generations actor Luthuli Dlamini (Stanley) features in Ziyanda.
The executive producer Dumisani Nyongolo Nkomo said they were not in a rush to release the film since they intend to make a quality production.
“We are not going to rush to release this film, but what we will do is to make progress and ensure that we deliver a film of international standard,” he said.