Fri 28 Apr 2017, 09:00
While the rest of the continent will be celebrating Africa Day on 25 May, DStv customers will witness history-in-the-making as Zambezi Magic (DStv Channel 160) premieres locally produced Botswana documentary film, We Are All Blue.
This will be the first time Zambezi Magic airs a locally produced documentary film since its first broadcast in 2015.
Written and starring award-winning Broadway and Hollywood actor, Donald Molosi, and produced by local production company, Torch Studios, We Are All Blue was commissioned by M-Net and MultiChoice Africa in celebration of Botswana’s 50th Anniversary of independence.
Speaking on MultiChoice Botswana’s involvement in the production of We Are All Blue, MultiChoice Botswana General Manager, Billy Sekgororoane, said: "As Africa continues to change rapidly, the entertainment industry is ever more relevant. We as MultiChoice Botswana are firmly rooted in the country in which we operate, and we are passionate about developing the local arts industry. We wanted to use our influence and resources to play a positive role in shining a light on not only Botswana, but on the rest of the continent as well through involving ourselves in this project."
In the documentary Molosi embarks on a journey to discover more about himself, his people, and Botswana, the country he calls home. Towards the end of the ﬁlm, Molosi reﬂects on how far Botswana has come in the 50 years since independence, but also on how far it still has to go – and what needs to be done to regain and maintain Botswana’s reputation as Africa’s success story.
"With this film I aim to cinematically capture Botswana’s soul and spirit," said Molosi. "The camera follows me to my home village of Mahalapye and my ancestral village of Serowe, and along the way I encounter elders, such as Former President Sir Ketumile Masire, who impart wisdom. I am honoured to have been able to feature and personally thank him, and others, in this film," said Molosi.
MultiChoice Botswana, Donald Molosi, Torch Studios (with the assistance of Hambrook Studios in South Africa) embarked on this project in 2016, with the intention of celebrating the rich history of Botswana at 50 years of independence.
The film features Molosi’s conversations with other notable Batswana including Former Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Kgosikgolo of Batawana Kgosi Tawana Moremi II and Former President of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire.
Donald Molosi made history ten years ago when he became the first Motswana actor to perform on Broadway. Over the past decade, Molosi has scooped many major awards on Broadway and off-Broadway for his acting and writing, prompting the New York Times to call his award-winning performances "inflamed with passion".
Molosi’s critically-acclaimed plays are taught around the world as part of the school curriculum in various countries, including the United States. Molosi currently divides his time between Botswana, the US and UK working as an actor, writer and film producer.
We Are All Blue premieres on DStv, on Thursday 25 May at 18:30 on Zambezi Magic (DStv Channel 160).