Zimbabwean student wins US film award

Tinayeishe Wakatama, RISING filmmaker and student at Millennial Academy School, is on cloud nine after winning the Judges’ Champion Award worth US$5,000 at the recent ConnectHER Film Festival at St Andrew’s Dell Fine Arts Center Austin, Texas in America.

The festival is an international youth competition that showcases short films produced by young filmmakers from around the world on issues that impact women and girls.

The young filmmaker and actress received the award in absentia because she is passing her final A-level exams.

Her exploits as an actress and director demonstrated in the film And That’s On Period, which promotes gender equality, particularly the health and health of poor women, impressed the judges of the festival.

School Principal Edmond Mudzimu said Wakatama did well to raise the school’s flag high in a foreign country, adding that the student was their ambassador as the accolades she continues to receive mean a lot for the Harare-based school.

“Wakatama has always been a force to be reckoned with at school as she constantly participates in anything to do with the arts and showcases her talent in unresolved issues that affect people in the community,” he noted, adding that it wasn’t her. first international prize.

“She has always been a person with a passion for civic issues and development issues, which is why she chose to work on this topic of gender and health with the aim of raising awareness of women’s needs.”

Mudzimu added, “We supported her when she started making the movie And That’s On Period because we always knew her as a dynamic and energetic student, especially in literature. I took it upon myself to advising her on language skills to use for acting and film writing, and most of her exposure comes from her involvement in the interaction club, public speaking and debating clubs at school .”

Wakatama’s role in the film helped foster a sense of unity among the students as she worked with them playing various characters illustrating issues related to sanitary products and gender roles.

“In the film, Wakatama was joined by other students as actors. It developed collaborative skills and teamwork with students coming together to work on the project, which was quite inspiring” , did he declare.

Mudzimu described Wakatama as a great asset to the school.

“Wakatama has done a lot of work for the school, organizing ceremonies such as the award ceremony and giving speeches as the master of ceremonies, and has also written literary works that have been recognized internationally,” said- he added.