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Marian Kunonga Shines

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Veteran actress and filmmaker Marian Kunonga continues to put Zimbabwe on the African map as the film she produced with Malawian cast was voted among top 10 MSN films for 2013. The film titled: The Last Fishing Boat, was shot in Malawi. The film is a motion picture presentation of cultural clashes between traditional African values considered outmoded and modernisation. “The Last Fishing Boat is on MSN top 10 African Movies for 2013; now that is something to be proud of as we enter 2014,” she said ecstatically.

Kunonga, who is the film’s production manager, also took to her Facebook page to announce the new film, and posted her pictures on set in Mpemba Village, Malawi. “The Zimbabwean première is happening soon. Watch this space for dates and venues. “The film has collected awards and is currently doing the festival circuit,” she posted. The film is one of the many films by Kunonga who is currently an editing and production design lecturer at the Zimbabwe Film and TV School of Southern Africa. She also produces, directs and edits documentaries, narratives and music videos. She has won numerous awards for acting during her career spanning over a decade.

Kunonga trained at AFDA film school in South Africa, majoring in directing and editing. “I have collected awards for my short films. My main focus is to tell and show positive images about Africans. I have worked in Malawi, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Kunonga has also co-ordinated projects for BBC, Belgian TV, Danish TV and Chinese TV amongst others. She has produced music videos for Oliver Mutukudzi, Victor Kunonga, Pax Afro, Nonsikelelo, Tanga Wekwa Sando, Tia, Major Playaz, Decibe,l Trompies, Oskido, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ellena Kupusa,Sibongile Khumalo, Lucius Banda, Peter Mawanga, Dan Lufani, The Third, David Chifunyise, Willom Tight and Major Playaz.