Yellow Card Film premiers in City
By Laurence Nkomo
Zimbabwean youths who featured in the shooting of Yellow Card in this country have been commended by the Bulawayo City Council for a job well done.
The 90 minute feature film, exploring various issues of teenage sexuality, premiered at the Rainbow City in Bulawayo Centre last Thursday. It attracted many guests and movie fans of different age groups.
In a speech read on his behalf by Councillor Mika Bathandi Mpofu of Pumula, the city's acting Executive Mayor, David Ndlovu, who was supposed to have officiated at the premiere, said they were impressed by its diversity, theme and performance of the local cast.
"May you continue to improve the standard of film-making in this country. You also managed to act in a film of international standard. Don't let your talents go to waste," he said.
Second to the main actor in Yellow Card is Pedzisayi Sithole from Bulawayo's Amakhosi Performing Arts. He has also featured in a number of locally-produced films of the likes of World Apart, African Journey and A Dry White Season.
"While most actors in Yellow Card are teenagers, the story touches everybody," Ndlovu said, adding that they should take advantage of opportunities to star in more local films in future.
It is a journey towards self-knowledge and responsibility, and it cautions society about real life-changing situations. Ndlovu commended the movie's director, John Riber, for highlighting adolescence and influencing adults to recall the experiences of their youth.
Addressing the same gathering, Riber said the movie was first shown in Harare and it was a big hit. He urged residents of Bulawayo to support it as well. It will tour in many towns here before being shown in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and France.