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LUNGU praises Zambian filmmaker


President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Zambia’s 35-year-old Rugano Nyoni, the Cast and Crew of the production “I am Not a Witch” for their positive showing in the Directors’ Fortnight category at the 2017, 70th Cannes Film Festival in France.

Star of the film Maggie Mulubwa

The President is delighted that the film was directed by a female youth with the Star of the film Maggie Mulubwa only nine-years-old.


President Lungu has commended the team for the hard work and commitment to film making and for positively representing the country at the highest level of the global film industry.


He said there is no doubt that the performance of the production including the positive reviews in the international Press will bring benefits to the cast, crew and the country.


The President underscored the need for the country to tap into youth talent and ingenuity in every aspect, if the country’s film industry is to develop, as the youth constitute the largest percentage of the population.


President Lungu said Government is committed to changing the way local filmmaking and the film industry has been viewed in the country, in the past hence its decision to approve the National Film Policy aimed at promoting the industry and facilitating its growth and sustainability.


The President says this achievement should inspire would be filmmakers to venture into the industry.


President Lungu added that it is heart-warming to see the role arts play in contributing to Zambia’s image abroad.


This is according to a statement released to ZNBC News in Lusaka by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda.