Losing a friend through teen pregnancy inspires Mlenga's 'Sowing Seeds' movie

Cathreen Mlenga

Malawi's movie industry continues to make progress. The latest is the release of a trailer of yet another Malawian production titled 'Sowing seeds'.

Storming WhatsApp statuses and other social media platforms, the one minute plus trailer seems to be garnering quite some feedback from ordinary folk and celebs alike.



Producer Cathreen 'Star' Mlenga says the movie draws inspiration from the surge in cases of early marriages and pregnancies; people’s perspectives and stance on these reoccurring issues. 

“Having seen how these cases are rising and how people react to them inspired me to write this movie."

She further added that losing a close friend to a  teen pregnancy was also pushed her into making the movie.

“My friend was married off early when she got pregnant and later died due to the complications from the pregnancy,” Mlenga reminisced.

Despite working in a male-dominated industry, Mlenga pointed out that she received unwavering support from most people she approached prior to the movie's production.

“I was surprised by the amount of support that I received from people who I approached,” she said.

Posting the trailer on his WhatsApp Status Hip-pop artist Martse real name Martin Nkhata pointed out how the Malawian film industry is progressing in the country

“Malawi film industry in on fire this year, another bomb Sowing Seeds premieres on 3 July 2012.

“Kudos to Cathreen Mlenga and the team," he wrote.

The movie was shot in Lilongwe by Kwanjana Kanyanda and was directed by Freedom Willard Kalua.

The 1 hour 15 minutes movie which stars Chisomo Kamwendo and Binuel Phale among other actors tackles peer pressure, gender based violence and misconceptions associated with these issues in the society.

Kamwendo, the lead actress thinks that the movie is not only a breakthrough for her career but also for the Malawian film industry which continues to improve and grow.

“'Sowing Seeds' will be one of the movies doing it for Malawi,” she said.

The movie is expected to premiere on 3rd July, 2021 at a venue to be announced next week.

Mlenga who has been featured in movies that were screened at the prestigious European film festival in 2019, stars as Tupochere in TV drama series 'Spouses and Workmates' and Alinafe on Unicef’s 'Anansi' made her directing debut for the short film “Bittersweet”.

She has since has disclosed that she will start working on another movie in August.