By TROY MUKUPA
STRAIGHT-OUTTA Kapwepwe Ward 29’s Paradise compound which made headlines for the suspected ritual killings and the mushrooming of hardcore junkies, comes to the big screen what is now the most anticipated local film tagged, Paradise: A Junkie is Born, a tear-jerking film about the causes and effects of junkies – and how broken homes have contributed to the rising number of junkies.
Written and directed by the multi-gifted, Patrick Mwamba Salubusa, the current Kapwepwe Ward councilor, whose name is no stranger to the media arts industry and well known in the entertainment cycles as Saulos – The Komboni Ambassador, “Paradise: A Junkie is Born” was birthed-out of a script produced under the Komboni Talent Hub – KTH umbrella in association with the ZED TV Zambia.
In the film which highlights love, betrayal and crime, a young boy who had a promising future in a well to do community (Ku Mayadi), played by reformed junkie turned actor, the talented and fast-rising, Amos Tizma Katebe (as Junior, the main character) finds himself in Paradise, a shanty compound, where experiencing hardship has forced many young minds lose their brilliance to rampant challenges of drug abuse, criminality, illiteracy, early marriages, and other negative vices forcing him to become a junkie before graduating into a full time criminal.
Meanwhile, Danzo Mukuka, best known for his community humanitarian services as CEO Wapa Chunga, has urged the people of Chunga community and surrounding areas to support the film premiere.
“We should appreciate local films in order to give them morale to make even more better productions. If the film has a greater public response, returns will immediately be considerably increase and this may give the producers a platform to produce even more artistic productions. So let us go in numbers and support this local production”
The film premier which has so far attracted heavy anticipation on social media platforms is scheduled for the Nu Metro Cinema on Friday, October 20th, 2023 and set to start at exactly 18:00 hours.
By TROY MUKUPA