Scenes from new local film ‘Escape’ cause a stir

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By Tafadzwa Zimoyo

New local film “Escape”, directed by Joe Njagu and Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska, has caused a stir among movie fanatics following its trailer which shows kissing and sexually-suggestive scenes.

One of the controversial scenes in “Escape” featuring Selmour Mtukudzi
One of the controversial scenes in “Escape” featuring Selmour Mtukudzi

The 90-minute film, which stars Munya Chidzonga, Jose Marques, Maria Wilson, Selmor Mtukudzi, Nothando Nobengula and Eddie Sandifolo among others, premières on October 5 at Ster Kinekor Sam Levy.

It was produced by Njagu, Eric Witzgall, Brendon Sole, Carolyn Sole and Stewart Corners.

Some movie fanatics condoned parts of the trailer stating that it is against our tradition to have intimate scenes in films while others supported the directors saying the new dimension reflects that the industry is growing.

In an interview, director Joe Njagu said there is nothing wrong with the scenes because it is simple acting.

“This is where we go wrong because we don’t think outside the box. There was no real sex on the camera but its implied sex.

“Even in Hollywood movie actors have such scenes and there is nothing wrong. They are called stimulated scenes.

“This will be one of the first Zimbabwean films with such scenes, and the outcry is a surprise considering how we consume similar Western films.

“Here people say it’s a taboo when people kiss.

“We hope to demystify that notion in local production,” he said.

He said the film will be released on DVD and in cinemas in Zimbabwe with a round on major festivals across the world.

Njagu said he was inspired by the urge to keep pushing the bar high for local products.

“We need to move with times to match up with international standards.

“For how long will we keep holding on to the past? Zimbabwe is blessed with talented actors, film producers and directors.

“Apart from resources which are lacking, why not embrace their ideas and give them opportunity not only to shine but to prove their magic,” he said.

“Escape” is a film about a man of mixed race, played by Jose Marques, who sets on a journey to find his father when his mother is seriously ill. He encounters mysterious situations on his journey.

The script was written by Dr Aggnieszka Piotrowska under Thinking Films in association with Media Matrix. The film was shot in Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. The Herald

  • Mina Makoti

    Pane chitsva here? Kuti musika kisani handi ndaa yaaniba. Regai isu tinofarira upenyu tione hedu. Let them grow their skills.

  • Tibvireipo asi if its scenes abt American movies munoona saka chasiyana chii

  • Jay

    90 % of Zimbabweans are watching live pornography in b secrecy, 97 % of women are watching African Movies with sex charged scenes, varume murikuhura ,saka chaipa chii apa nxa hazvina kunzi munhu wese ngaaone regai tione isu varume and let those under 18 watch Sofia the first

  • Middie

    Zimbabwe iya yataidada nayo yonanga kumawere. Uhmmm mwari pindirai

    • TRIBESMAN

      Midi,anything new in the trailer that havent seen in a movie in your life/

  • Doppelganger

    “Some movie fanatics condoned parts of the trailer stating that it is against our tradition to have intimate scenes” This sentence makes no sense. Maybe the writer meant “condemned”? In the same way these are “simulated”, and not “stimulated” sex scenes. I was going to rant, when i realized the source was the Herald. I simply shook my head, and went on with my day.

  • Muchati Bhuu

    Ndimai veku ZAOGA ivavo. Tinopinda tose ku Westgate. Vari kushanda matarenda

    • Ms Bee

      Yes anopinda ZAOGA ku Westagte, so what? Ahura here? Handiti ari pabasa , obviously the husband approved it so what is wrong with that. Ngatishandei matarenda takanyarara and lets not judge other people. Iwe uri mutsvene here. Look at you pseudo name !

      • Chabvondoka

        nom de guerre Mis BEE (Nyuchi) kkkkk

  • musiwechishanu

    ndokumbirawo kubvunza? Fact yekuti pane camera inobvisa here reality yekuti munhu atsvodana nemunhu asiri murume wake? Fact yekuti pane camera inoita here kuti kiss yacho isakonzerese havi? Fact yekuti zvinoitwa kuStates inoita here kuti zvireve kuti zvave ok?

  • Xoli

    Selmar ain’t she married to the Manatsa boy, eeish international standards Njagu said, will you proffer your wife for that role

  • There is nothing bad about kissing in movies

  • Peter Kozelj

    You people don’t really mind killing each other, but you object to kissing? What a country!

  • gede-think tank

    kissing is a passionate and intimate way of expressing affection.All areas which require oiling are thus aroused and lubricated .We are referring to the kissing in question apa .Allowing your wife in such a compromising position is brewing for disaster.Thats what breaks up hollywood marriages.They recycle their spouses.They meet during a film cast ,they enjoy the romance on cast and wala,a relationship is born.But we seem to be living in an age when morals do not matter anymore so why complain just signs of the time.What you can not see will not affect you.