A New World is a locally produced short film written and directed by Melgin Tafirenyika who’s often referred to as Zimbabwe’s Denzel Washington. Tafirenyika is an actor, model, writer and award winning film producer, known for The Widow (2019) and Had Better Days (2016). His other films include, “I Married My Mother” and “Sour Milk” while his awards include the United Nations Video Plural Plus Award.
‘A New World’ was produced on the 14th of July 2020 and features Charles Kamara and Jessica Randazha. It’s a 4min film about Covid-19 which depicts the new world after the pandemic. It is a film of hope and encouragement. In as much as the world is in turmoil and desolation, life has to go on with necessary adjustments.
Indeed, the coronavirus has altered life as we know it and nothing will ever be the same again. Tafirenyika says, “A call was made for film producers around the world to come up with productions that tell a story about life after Covid-19. They were looking for something inspirational. That’s when I came up with ‘A New World’ which has been nominated for the competitions which are a brainchild of Musicbed productions based in Texas, America. I am so delighted and I am looking forward to bringing the award home.”
The film was nominated alongside 825 other productions from 85 countries all over the world for the People’s Choice Award under the United States Musicbed Challenge 2020. The 53 winners will be announced on the 4th of August 2020. Melgin is hopeful to be among the winners and is asking fellow Zimbabweans and Africans at large to vote for the film, “We are using different types of social media, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter. We have a number of people who are helping to mobilize people to vote. They can follow us on our social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook: Flame Lily Casting Agency, MELGIN and Melgin Tafirenyika. If you visit any of these platforms, you will see the link and how to vote. Voters can also visit the Musicbed website where they can watch the film and be able to vote as well. Those outside Zimbabwe as well are able to vote for us. It’s one vote per day per device. Help us bring the award to Zimbabwe”
Written by Constance van Niekerk