By Buhlebenkosi Hlongwani

Amanda Ranganawa is a business woman, film maker and script writer from Mutare, Zimbabwe. She is the writer of the bilingual film Kushata KweMoyo which was produced by Rain Media and Mirazvo Productions, who are also the producers of Muchaneta and Muzita RaBaba on ZBC.

Kushata KweMoyo centres on the lives of six characters namely, Chiedza , Pedzisai, Baba Sean, Baba Tonde, Mai Pedzisai and Baba Pedzisai. The film tells the story of two women (Chiedza and Pedzisai) who have hated each other since childhood. Their father’s infidelity and mother’s anger leads them to be raised as sisters and arch enemies.

Here’s what Amanda Ranganawa had to say:

“I started writing when I was in Grade 4. I always had an imaginative mind and writing allowed me to express my thoughts more vividly. Abuse inspired me to start writing. My teenage years were quite painful. I was raised in a verbal, emotional and psychological abuse environment and my only escape. Pain inspired me to write however I am also inspired by life itself. The joys, love, peace, forgiveness, hate, anger, shame every little detail, which makes me a realist writer.

I continued writing until I finished my Ordinary level.  Unfortunately most of my writings never got to be published because they were burnt in my absence. It was at University that I started writing stories, articles, theater plays and poetry in length.

I started film script writing after I graduated university in 2014 and. I write what I see and feel. So my work is diverse.”

Ranganawa also runs a company, McLara Multimedia Productions. She says ”sometimes I struggle to find time to be in a quiet and write. However I have taught myself to write down an idea or thought as soon as it gets into my head.”

Kushata KweMoyo was nominated in three categories of the 17th National Arts Merit Awards edition set to be held on February 17 at Reps Theatre in Harare.


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