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Zambeef film gets red carpet treatment

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Film maker Ngosa Chungu with prize winners at the Lusaka screening of Zambeef's e18hteam film

Film maker Ngosa Chungu with prize winners at the Lusaka screening of Zambeef’s e18hteam film

Hot from the its mammoth tour of the country, Zambeef’s e18hteam football movie moved to the glamorous world of Lusaka’s Manda Hill this week as a full-house of movie-goers turned up in numbers to watch the acclaimed film at screening at the Barefeet Festival Film Night.

The audience, from all walks of life, were treated to rarely seen footage of football legends such as Eston Mulenga, Debbie Makinka, Efford Chabala, and John Soko, as well as Kalusha Bwalya, Chris Katongo and Herve Renard.

The screening comes just before the final lap in the Zambeef “In Your Town” e18hteam dibili roadshow national tour in which Zambeef set out to share its love for the game with the nation in a series of free screenings of the film.

Football enthusiasts all over the country have turned out in numbers to support the film as it has made its way to Kabwe, Chingola, Kitwe, Kaoma, Mongu and most recently Choma and Livingstone.

Zambeef’s e18hteam tour will reach Chipata on August 29 and Mansa on September 5 and has been selected for screening at this year’s Lights, Camera, AFRICA! 2015 Festival in Nigeria next month.

Zambeef’s Board Chairman Dr Jacob Mwanza, who was also at the Lusaka screening, had this to say about the movie: “The e18hteam speaks to us as a nation of the pride, passion, hope, faith and determined spirit we have to succeed. It also points us to the fact that good things do not come easy and that there is honest hard work to be done before we can see the benefits coming through.”

“The goal was really to make sure that nothing of this proud national moment was lost and to ultimately inspire a new generation of young achievers. It was not an easy road for the national team and the country that led to the 2012 AFCON championship, and we owe it to ourselves as a nation to build on that momentum to be all that we can be and that involves supporting local growth, which for us is working with local small-scale farmers,” said Zambeef Joint Chief Executive Officer Carl Irwin on the decision to sponsor the production of the film.

 A full-house for the Manda Hill screening of Zambeef’s e18hteam movie

A full-house for the Manda Hill screening of Zambeef’s e18hteam movie

Among the audience was Captain Philip Lemba of Proflight Zambia, who said: “The film movie was very good; very touching, especially watching the accident period and seeing the celebration when we won. This is the first time I’ve been to a Zambian cinema in 40 years.”

“It means a lot to us and it’s great because we need examples as Zambians and a standard to work towards. Seeing the content that was made by a Zambian sets an example and Zambeef supporting this initiative to preserve our history is really inspiring because it’s very rare for the creative industry to receive such support but this will help the industry grow,” said brothers Kambole and Martin Chonga, in reviewing the film.

Another member of the audience, Marcus Makukula, found the movie to be touching, saying:, “It’s a challenge for people to wake up and do something great. If we work together as Zambians, we can do more.”

“The only thing that was missing at the end was some meat from Zambeef, we could have used a braai,” continued Marcus on a lighter note.

In a fun twist to the whole event, four members of the audience were issued with surprise “red” labelled cards and a few lucky winners went home with the coveted limited-edition e18hteam football and one went away with a limited edition paid of Jubilee Kaleza Z-10 football boots.

The co-production by Zambia’s Ngosa Chungu and her Spanish counterpart Juan Rodriguez-Briso is the recipient of the country’s largest local corporate sponsorship ever to have been given towards an arts project at K1.5 million.

“I didn’t know how we were going to convince a Zambian company to sponsor footage worth that much but I’m thankful that Zambeef had stepped in and made my dream come true,” said Ngosa Chungu.

The movie takes us through the high and lows of Zambian football including the 1993 Gabon disaster and the 2012 AFCON championship that had Zambians swelling up with national pride over the national t

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