FIGHTING MALARIA… ON SCREEN

‘Fighting Malaria… On Screen’ set out to support three talented African filmmakers to create entertaining, short films that could capture people’s attention, whilst landing important messages about malaria treatment and prevention.

By tapping into popular culture, appealing to younger audiences, and thinking outside the box, the directors hope the films will resonate with audiences affected by malaria and promote greater awareness of the disease.

Read on to find out more about the talent behind the camera and to watch the films!

THE FILMS AND TALENT

COMFOR ARTHUR

Comfort Arthur, Director - The Underestimated Villain

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Comfort is a British-born Ghanaian award-winning animator, illustrator, and visual artist.  She trained at the Royal College of Arts before moving to Ghana to set up The Comfy Studio.  Her short film Black Barbie has been screened in more than 50 film festivals across the world. In 2020 she released her first children’s picture book under the same name. Comfort is also the first Ghanaian animator to win the African Academy Movie awards for best animation for her web series I’m Living in Ghana Get Me Out of Here.

The Underestimated Villain tells the story of an Anopheles mosquito the unstoppable and popular villain. The film uses humour and poetry to explore the failures in human behaviors through the mosquito’s perspective.  Poetra Asantewa creates a beautiful and engaging poem that coupled with the animation makes for powerful viewing.

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Gwamaka

Gwamaka Mwabuka, Director – Mbuland

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Gwamaka is a self-taught film director and producer from Dar es Salaam Tanzania and co-founder of Tai Studio, a pioneering animation studio in East Africa. It produces animation films to inspire youth and children to take positive action.

Mbuland is an all singing and dancing tale of a once healthy community of farmers who have abandoned old ways, paving the way for human blood-sucking mosquitoes to invade a village.

Can the young Heri save his community from malaria destruction? By using some dark humour, music, and drama, we walk in a young boy’s shoes with one goal only, to save his village from mosquitos that spread malaria.

“I directed this film ‘Mbuland’ because of the grilling experience my family and almost the rest of my community went through with malaria. Unequivocally, this inspired me to direct this animated short.

“Sick, treat, recover, repeat” was a constant vicious circle of malaria, hurting my family throughout every rainy season. This was purely attributed to not adhering to simple practices of making our surroundings clean.”

Gwamaka Mwabuka, Director - Mbuland

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mozizi film director

Amil Shivji, Director - Mozizi

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Amil Shivji is a freelance filmmaker and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. His short fiction films have received worldwide recognition, featured in prestigious festivals such as International Film Festival Rotterdam and FESPACO in Burkina Faso as well as picking up many accolades on the way including winning People’s Choice Award in Zanzibar and Best Director and Best Short film in Africa.

Mozizi is a mockumentary’ that follows the film’s protagonist, an anthropomorphic human-mosquito ‘Mozizi’ who leads us on her journey in search of answers about malaria in Tanzania. A camera crew follows her around as she wanders the streets in search of a ‘new home’ that personifies and demystifies the disease.

“Malaria is not an uncommon disease in Tanzania. If anything, most of us living here have had it at least once. It can be deadly because of the inadequate response or infrastructure to the disease. However, it can also be treated. With my film, I sought to use humour and comedy to offer a nuanced and comforting approach to what could normally be considered a heartbreaking narrative.”

Amil Shivji, Director - Mozizi 

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These films are directed by award-winning filmmakers from across the African continent with the support of UK charity Comic Relief and global healthcare company GSK.

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