Archive of films B'ella / B'ella

Malawi
2014, 106 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

B’ella is seventeen and lives with her family in Chazunda on the outskirts of Blantyre in Malawi. Like other girls her age, she enjoys sharing confidences with her schoolmates – about her first love and her future. This filmmaker chose to make his film in an improvised setting largely with non-professional actors, whose natural performances lend the work tremendous freshness and vitality.


Synopsis

B’ella is seventeen and lives with her family in Chazunda on the outskirts of Blantyre in Malawi. Like other girls her age, she enjoys sharing confidences with her schoolmates – about her first love and her concerns for her own future. The debut director follows B’ella’s sincere endeavours to mature and find her way in life. The chief narrative line is supplemented by several secondary themes which illustrate and reflect current issues in the given environment – the gradual loss of traditional values, the stigma attached to HIV sufferers – and also problems encountered the world over, such as family relationships and school bullying. The filmmaker chose to make his film in an improvised setting largely with non-professional actors, whose natural performances lend the work tremendous freshness and vitality. The acted segments are combined with quasi-documentary scenes which together form an absorbing and fascinating account of the lives of ordinary people in a faraway land.

About the director

Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera (b. 1983, Malawi) is a talented African artist – poet, stage director, ethnomusicologist and screenwriter. He is also the founder and director of the organisation Dikamawoko Arts. He frequently tackles subjects which are regarded as taboo in Malawi. He has made several shorts, documentaries and music videos, and also worked on the award-winning film The Last Fishing Boat (Best Music award from the African Film Academy). B’ella is his feature film debut, screened this June in its international premiere at the film festival in Zanzibar.

Contacts

boNGO Worldwide
box 7, Mbame, 12345, Blantyre
Malawi
Tel: +265 888 014 575
E-mail: malawi@bongoworldwide.org
www: www.bongoworldwide.org

About the film

Color, HD CAM
European premiere

Section: Another View
   
Director: Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera
Screenplay: Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera
Dir. of Photography: Peter Mazunda
Music: Muhanya
Editor: Muhanya
Producer: Tereza Mirovičová
Production: boNGO Worldwide
Coproduction: Dikamawoko Arts
Cast: Vinjeru Kamanga, Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba, Tony Khoza
Contact: boNGO Worldwide

Guests

Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera

Film Director / Producer

Tereza Mirovicova

Producer


Zdeněk Janáček

Producer

Ondřej Cihlář

Film Crew


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