emmanuel film.jpgA locally produced feature film titled Sores of Emmanuel has been premiered at Avondale’s 7 Arts Theatre. The film has won critical acclaims from viewers and critics for its successful portrayal of one family’s struggles, dreams and resilience in the face of hardship.

Under the assured direction of Edward Ndlovu, the film interweaves the story of the one family’s struggle with glimpses into the personal lives of the players.

Mutema is a widowed family man struggling to make ends meet. Despite his valiant attempts to help keep the family afloat, fate seems to constantly deal him a bitter blow. His family is constantly buckling under the constant strain of financial pressure and poverty. Despite his troubles, Mutema continues to honor his commitment as a loving and caring father, using the affection and trust his children has placed in him as an impetus to overcome the obstacles he faces.

The screenplay begins with a quote from Marianne Williamson that has often and incorrectly been attributed to Nelson Mandela:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

The beauty of the film is its honesty. In its outlines, it is nothing like the usual success story depicted onscreen, in which, after a reasonable interval of disappointment, success arrives. Instead, this success story follows the pattern most common in life — it chronicles a series of soul-sickening failures, defeats and missed opportunities. In other words, it is about the victory of an indomitable will power and resilience as ZBC CEO Happison Muchechetere pointed out during its premiere at 7 Arts.

Perhaps how one will respond to this man’s moving story may depend on whether one finds Mutema’s performances so overwhelmingly that can buy the idea that poverty is a function of bad luck and bad choices, and success the result of heroic toil and dreams.