Katedza’s sexy comedy set for premiere
working on the production.
The film, a sex comedy will also feature two of Zimbabwe’s song birds, Kudzai Sevenzo and Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, in what many have described as a girly affair.
Aptly dubbed “Playing Warriors”, the comedy, will premier at the 7 Arts Theatre on October 28.
One of the online entertainment papers, Zimbojam has since described Playing Warriors as a sexy comedy with a social conscience.
The film focuses on the lives of four friends – modern young women in the city – and how they struggle to find a balance between the traditional expectations of their parents and society and their own dreams. Set against the backdrop of Nyarai’s (Kudzai Sevenzo’s) romantic escapades with her toyboy Che and her more mature and financially stable older boyfriend, Leslie, the film takes the audience on a journey of discovery of what it means to be a modern woman.
Nyarai and her friends need to figure the direction to take their lives, without simultaneously upsetting too many people.
The crème de la crème cast also includes renowned and veteran actor Walter Mparutsa, former studio 263 actor Ben Mahaka and comedians Michael Kudakwashe and Edgar Langeveldt.
John Pfumojena took up the role of the fun-loving Che, while upcoming actor and producer Edmore Sandifolo appears as Leslie, the elegant and successful man.
Mparutsa and Elizabeth Nyanguridza feature as Nyarai’s parents and there are humorous cameo roles from Gavin Peters, Langeveldt, Kudakwashe and Mahaka, who is also a film producer of repute.
The film is a co-production between Mai Jai Films and Pangolin Films, produced by long time colleagues and friends Jackie Cahi and Katedza.
Katedza is no stranger to film production having worked extensively in film and video in Southern Africa for over a decade.
She has also worked as a voice-over artist on various ad-campaigns, and as a presenter/producer on Radio 3, Zimbabwe’s all-hit radio station, under the moniker “Special K”!
A lot of people may remember her during the time when she was the director of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival.
Katedza has been in the film industry for more than a decade and most of her productions have done well at a number of film forums across the globe.
Many of her short stories about contemporary Zimbabwean life have been published, including “Snowflakes in Winter” which is part of Weaver Press’ “Women Writing Zimbabwe” collection, “The Corpse”, published in
“Illuminations”, and the award-winning “Billboard Smile”, which was one of the winners of the 2008 Anglo-Platinum Short Story Competition.
Her determination to produce a film, at a time when donor funding has been dwindling over the years, clearly demonstrates her passion for the genre, which apparently has not been well recognised in the country.