Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Matukio: Ziff 2013

Ziff katika mwaka huu wa 2013 imekuwa na mafanikio mengi ikiwemo kuwatambulisha waongozaji (directors) wazawa wa Tanzania. Waongozaji hawa wamekuwa katika mstari wa mbele kukuza tasnia ya filamu hapa nchini. Waliotambulishwa ni pamoja na Amil Shvji aliyeongoza filamu fupi "Shoeshine" ; Issa Mbura "Crush/Husuda", na Edgar Ngelela "Anguko/the fall".
Issa Mbura na Amil Shivji wakishikilia tuzo zao
Yafuatayo ni matukio mbalimbali katika tamasha hilo la filamu.

Director wa 'Anguko' Edgar Ngelela akiwa na Wilsom Makubi (Mwenye T-shirt ya blue) pamoja na waigizaji wa Anguko Mustafa na Janeth na wanafunzi wengine wawili wa TFTC Hassan na Irene Msuya. (Picha na David Shija)
Director wa filamu fupi ya 'Anguko' Edgar Ngelela akiwa ameshtukizwa. (Picha na David Shija.)
Professor Martin Mhando akiwa na wahusika muhimu katika tamasha la Ziff la 16 la mwaka 2013.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hasty actions brings about waste

One of the shortest films premiered at this year’s Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is simply called “Anguko”, which means “The Fall” in English.


During the week, its’ Director and Producer, Edgar Ngelela, an artist, who lectures at the University of Dar es Salaam, told the ‘Sunday News’ for a long time he wanted to do something different in film production and has been looking for people to work with on it.

Actually he really wanted to make a full-length feature film but could not get the funds for such a venture. “So what I actually did was to write seven short stories, which I wrote scripts for with a mind to start making them one by one.

Chances are when I reach five stories I’ll start looking for grants. But then even if I have two of them there would be something that I’ve done. They create credibility, so it would be easier for me to look for grants. If they ask me what I have done already, I’ll have something to show.

The fact that this one has been selected to be screened in ZIFF, gives it even more credibility,” Ngelela said when explaining his strategic plan and the outcome so far to the ‘Sunday News’ earlier this week. It can be said that it is because of his determination to carry out his plan that has brought him where he is today.

For when faced with a situation of not having a sponsor, he scraped-up the required funds to make the seven minutes and 46 seconds “Anguko” from his own pocket. In it he depicts the fast moving world of today, with a specific concentration on the youth.

This was a deliberate move, he states because this group is constantly taking-in a lot of things without separating what is important from the unimportant. Then he added to this concoction the growing trend of young girls having intimate relationships with men old enough to be their father. These two notions Ngelela put together in a unique way to tell a story, in that now it’s actually a misconception.

The entire tale is based on a young man, Madaraka, played by Mustafa Masudi, who has just proposed marriage to his girlfriend, Hollo, played by Janeth Lameck, but then he makes a critical mistake when he saw her talking to an elder man.

It is only after he has taken certain hasty actions that he finds out it’s her father, who she was seeking advice from concerning the coming engagement, which should lead to her eventual marriage. The film ends there. This style of ending is another deliberate move by the director to leave room for the audience to think whether the engagement or wedding will go on or not.

Although he did not have a large audience, as he would have liked at the screening, in the Maru Maru Hotel, there was a lively discussion after in which it was suggested Ngelela should finish the story, preferably in a feature film format.

He admitted liking the role of Madaraka because he has found a lot of his age-mates to be of such character, whereby they often hastily take action without checking the details properly first. He also took the opportunity to add that in keeping with his name, he played the character to his best ability.

On the subject of the future of Bongo Movies, Mustafa says it can go to very high levels providing all sectors within the industry constantly improve their education related to the profession. The main problem he sees in local films these days is that too many of its practitioners are satisfied with doing what they are used to, instead of pushing each time for better.

Together with Mustapha was the lady who played the role of his future Mother-in-law, Madina Hamis a.k.a. Zawadi. Whereas Mustapha is relatively new to the profession, Madina has been in the business since 1999, so it was interesting to hear what she had to say on the industries future.

Although she was accepted as being able when she started, she pointed out that she is aware this was solely because of her talent. However, for her to continue doing justice to the profession, she had to seek further training so that she can grow in ability because talent can never be enough.

This is why she was pleased when she heard that Ngelela had opened a small independent training school in the Ubungo section of Dar es Salaam called Tanzania Film Training Centre (TFTC). Now there was a place where actors like herself, who had no formal training could go and fill that gap.

In fact the entire crew of “Anguko” are students at this centre, which provides coaching on acting for film and production. Armed with this information from Madina the ‘Sunday News’ went looking for Ngelela to hear his thinking behind setting-up the TFTC.

It is because he knows that there are many local amateur filmmakers, who want to make good films but simply lack certain necessary knowledge or skills that he thought of settingup this entity. He maintains that they cannot do something good without it.

So he set out looking for a group of students, who he could teach what making films entails. He strongly believes that by training more amateurs the future of local movies will be brighter. This way the content and quality of the final product is being built-up. Looks like he has a point for “Anguko” did have its premier at the ZIFF, which ends on Sunday.

By IMAN MANI, Tanzania Daily News
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