The story is about a young cricket player, James, played by Prince Madondo, who is diagnosed with an incurable heart ailment and recoils to his rural home. He sets out to train the villagers the game of cricket as a way to keep his dream alive, but finds out it is virtually unknown. While trying to train them, he realises that the youths are political rivals who hate each other with a passion following the death of two brothers Victor and Webster at the hands of unknown assailants. The hate emanates from suspicion.
The film explodes into a series of events that culminate into brotherhood, sacrifice and political tolerance as the villages find each other through cricket. The Minister of Presidential Affairs for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Chikukwa, said the launch of the peace film is an initiative meant to bring lasting peace and unity to the people of Zimbabwe.
"Cdes and friends, the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration would like to encourage all stakeholders to facilitate further dissemination of the message of peace and unity through the peace film and album so that Zimbabweans at large can benefit from the lessons drawn from these two communication mediums. These two products will not be for sale," she said.
Two Villages Apart is the first for director MacDonald Mabido, editor Carol Marufu, director of photography Admire Kuzhangaira, co-producer Kuda Moyo, line producer Morebrian Marara and Production Manager Lucky Aaron, all students from the Zimbabwe Film and Television School of Southern Africa (ZIFTESSA). The Health Advisor to the President and Cabinet, Dr Timothy Stamps, also graced the event. Several film makers, producers and actors attended the film launch. They include Marian Kunonga, Rufaro Kaseke, Pretty Xaba as well as musicians Baba Manyeruke and Pastor Haisa.