Last year, multichoice debuted a film training program for African filmmakers. Dubbed MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) the program intended to look out for young enthusiastic Africans with a love for story telling. After a year of training, the company will toasted to the MTF East Africa Academy Class of 2018. This was at a star-studded film-screening of the students’ highly-anticipated film productions, Ensulo and Promises!
The two films are a culmination of the MTF Academy students’ one-of-a-kind training programme from MultiChoice Africa’s inaugural corporate shared value (CSV) initiative and was screened at the Nairobi Cinema Movie Theatre last week.
The MTF Academy’s 12-month training programme is distinctly designed to train the next generation of African film and TV creatives in partnership with stakeholders across the continent.
Under the guidance of regional Academy Directors within the academy’s East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa hubs, the academy students were required to produce a 60-minute long film in groups as part of their curriculum.
Set in Nderi Village, a popular filming location on the outskirts of Nairobi city, Kenya, Promises follows the life of Boda Boda driver Mwangi, whose life unravels after the sudden death of his wife during the birth of their second child. Distraught, he has to continue raising his children without their mother and keep to promises made to her. Wangi, now a single parent to an infant also has to meet both financial and emotional strain when his son is involved in an accident. He turns to his friend Sam, but with dire consequences.
In Ensulo, an imaginary traditional kingdom that has deliberately isolated itself from the modern world falls into crisis when its king falls gravely ill, forcing his daughter Princess Zuri to lead the kingdom until he recovers. Her ability to lead her kingdom is swiftly put to the test when the kingdom’s sacred water source comes under threat when a water bottling company from a nearby city stumbles upon it.
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