Fatsani gets a nod for the Oscars

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The movie 'Fatsani: A Tale of Survival' has received a nod to represent Malawi at the 94th Annual Academy Awards popularly known as the Oscars.

The development comes within a month of Gift 'Sukez' Sukali's film winning Best Director at the Sotambe Film Festival in Zambia.

Director and Chairperson of the local Oscars Selection Committee Shemu Joya in a communication Kulinji.com has seen said dates for the red carpet event will be announced in due time.

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Fatsani has been selected to represent Malawi for the International Feature Film Category.

Joya explained it is important for Malawi to have exposure of its film industry by submitting films.

He pointed out some people have looked down on the Malawian film industry saying the Oscars are way out of reach but he dispels this notion.

"Only three African films have won, but you don’t participate merely to win,” Joyah said putting emphasis on exposure and recognition.

Joyahs's own film, The Last Fishing Boat, Seasons of Life, and the Road to Sunrise represented Malawi in previous submissions.

Sukez at the premiere in Blantyre

Director Sukez said: "In Malawi we don't have platforms, we want to create that so people can screen and this will bring our industry the attentions we deserve, we are honoured."

He disclosed they want to have 20 or 30 films being produced but this needs platforms inorder for the people to view what the industry is working on.