THE National Arts Merit Award-winning film, “Kiriboni”, has been turned into a comedy “Kiriboni — The Menace”.
“Kiriboni” won an award for the best actor, film and television in the 2012 National Arts Merit Awards held in February this year. The hilarious comedy tackles social issues in the high-density suburbs popularly known as the ghettos. The 90-minute comedy centres on the life of the main character, Kiriboni, played by Sadat Sanhewe, who uses hook and crook to live a life beyond his means. Sanhewe is also the producer and director of the comedy. It is, however, the use of the rich Shona language and the way the main character swindles neighbours in an effort to sustain a high lifestyle that makes it quite hilarious.
The comedy touches on the twin issues of money and love, as Kiriboni uses novel tactics to get the attention of a beautiful tenant, Evelyn. Kiriboni’s life is made unbearable and efforts to reverse the “spell’’ that puts him in an awkward position as he is supposed to pay more than 10-fold what he had paid in the first place. “The comedy is centred on the mischievous Kiriboni who is in the habit of conning his friends. His plan backfires when he seeks the services of a traditional healer to get Evelyn to fall for him,” said Sanhewe.
Kiriboni then goes into a conning spree in order to raise the money and in no time he is in problems with people in his home area.
The comedy is staged in a high-density suburb in Harare and what has proved it to be popular is that it touches on the lighter side of day-to-day life.
It is acted in Shona and was written and directed by Raymond Mudyiwenyama.
Other actors include Hilder Mugare, Mary Gweshe and Stephen Mutenya who is cast as Fatso.
The production house, Chifamba Films, has other successful movies to their name which were nominated for the best movie production in the 2012 Nama awards.
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