Zambian actress wins big at film festival

12 April 2017
Josephine Kachiza scooped the Best Female Performance Award at the Festival International du Film PanAfricain in Cannes!

Actress, singer and musician Josephine Kachiza has won the Best Female Performance Award at the Festival International du Film PanAfricain in Cannes for her lead role as Damyna in Damyna The Musical.

The first African musical film to be produced in Zambia debuted at the festival in the iconic French film hub on April 8, 2017, having been selected from more than 50 films from over 30 countries as the film to be screened at the week-long event’s gala dinner on Saturday evening during the 14th Edition of the festival, which pays tribute to African-American Independent Cinema.

Ms Kachiza (24) from Chelstone, Lusaka, is a musician with the Zambian Army Orchestra but remained humble at news of the Dikalo award and explained that the film was a team effort. “I’m a down-to-earth personality. I love and fear God. I love what I do and I am so determined to achieve positive and best results. I treasure relationships built on interests and good morals,” said Ms Kachiza.

The romantic drama, Damyna the Musical, weaves a story of family secrets and a witch doctor’s spells that conspire to confuse the life of an orphaned girl whose quest for love brings her traditional African village into conflict with the sophisticated world of international development agencies.

The film was shot on location in Zambia with local cast and crew directed by long-term local resident Peter Langmead. The lead role of Damyna is played by Josephine Kachiza with Mubita Ling’ope as Por Phiri and Tom Chiponge as the witch doctor.

Hopefully Damyna the Musical will be coming to a screen near you soon!

Congratulations Josephine!

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