With the newly released Malawi’s first Hollywood set film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the Malawian movie industry is indeed waxing very strong at the moment, offering many possibilities for entertainment and relaxation not just to the people of Malawi but also to people all over the world.
Malawian movie industry deserves credit for providing good and quality movies per year.
Be it romance, comedy, drama or action films, the Malawian movie industry has shown that it is equal to the task.
Back in 2017, The Malawian Kung-Fu Movie The Town Monger broke the record on Youtube by attracting more than 3 million viewers with thousands of shares on different media platform upon its trailer release.
What does that tell? What does it mean? At least Malawian actors are doing a great job.
However, YFM entertainment desk has compiled some of the Malawian movies never to be missed in as long as Malawian movies are concerned.
The criteria for the selection is not just the scripts, but it includes the quality of the movies, the production quality, performance, directing, sound, make up and visual effects.
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Adapted from the best-selling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, the movie follows 13 years old William Kamkwamba who is thron out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees.
Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell to build a windmill which then saves his Malawian village from famine.
The emotional journey of a father and his exception son at its heart, William’s tale captures the incredible determination of a boy whose inquisitive mind overcame every obstacle in his path.
- The Road to Sunrise
The story is about three prostitutes Rubia, Watipa and Chisomo who are struggling to eke out a living in the slum township of Bangwe in Blantyre through sex. It is a complelling story that mirrors the current trends in society that see more young girls pouring into the trade out of poverty and desperation.
- The Town Monger
The action-packed film follows a story of three brothers who are on a mission to use their martial arts skills and talents to save street kids from the capital city Lilongwe who were under custody of a notorious gang.
They had succeeded in removing the kids from the streets and enrolled them into schools. But this did not go well with the gang leader who vowed to bring back the kids into streets and deal with whoever took them away. This was the beginning of a fight.
The movie covers important issues of the plight of vulnerable street kids, fighting crime, education, community development, tourism and sports.
- The Last Fishing Boat
Released in 2014, The Last Fishing Boat explains of a fisherman on Lake Malawi whose cultural values are threatened by modernization and the expanding tourist industry, while his beautiful third wife is torn between loyalty to her husband and the endless sexual overtures by a white tourist. The story develops into a cultural clash between traditional African values and modernisation.
- Seasons of Life
This is a moving story about sexual abuse; the right of women; the triumph of hope over despair; and the enduring spirit of motherhood.
It tells of a childless couple, Kondani and Thoko, adopt a child from an orphanage. They employ an orphan, Sungisa, to look after the child. Later Kondani sexually Abuses Sungisa and makes her Pregnant.