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Vharazipi crew launches film on disability

By Walter Mswazie

ZIYA Cultural Arts Trust, the producers of the popular comedy Sabhuku Vharazipi, have launched another film.

Titled Voice, the film tackles the challenges that people with disabilities face.

The polished play depicts how intolerable society is towards people living with disability.

It also shows that those people often have skills that they can use to earn a living but are rarely given an opportunity to prove their worth.

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Voice is a young man living with disability who falls in love with a rich man –  Murambatsvina’s daughter Joana, something which doesn’t go down well with Murambatsvina.

However, Joana defies her father’s advice and vows to marry Voice despite his disability.

ZIYA director, Wellington Chindara, said: “We were motivated to produce a film on disability after appreciating the plight of people living with disability.

“People living with disability are segregated and stigmatised in our society. They’re taken as useless people, yet they deserve good treatment. Some possess rare skills that able bodied persons do not have,” said Mr Chindara who plays a rich man in the film.

He said DVDs for the film would be sold soon before urging people to desist from buying pirated copies.

He, however, said they have encrypted their discs in China.

“Our discs are encrypted that they cannot be copied, but we’re sadly unable to stop piracy. We’ll announce the day we’ll release the discs soon.”

David Mubaiwa, popular for his role as Sabhuku Vharazipi, also featured on this production and wants people to embrace his new character.

“I’ve shifted from acting as Sabhuku Vharazipi to a municipal policeman and disabled person. To the critics, I’ve done this with the aplomb of a genius.

“We’ve also changed the storyline from corruption to disability to show our versatility. In this play, Chindara who starred as chairman in Sabhuku Vharazipi is acting as Murambatsvina – the rich man,” said Mubaiwa. The Chronicle