Mwansa the Great is a short film by Zambian film maker, Rungano Nyoni. It has been racking up awards and special recognition at various film festivals. I have yet to see it but I’m impressed by what I’ve seen thus far, and thought to share. Enjoy!
“I was not sorry when my brother died. Nor am I apologizing for my callousness, as you may define it, my lack of feeling.”
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“…I think it’s the only time I have seen her play a trick on someone. It stopped him telling tales, anyway, and since the lollipop (a gesture of remorse from Winifred) he and Winifred have become a bit friendly. Maybe he was just mean because he didn’t know how to make friends.” (Bolding emphasis is my own)I cannot neglect to mention the lesson in the central story of this book – the situation Winifred finds herself in. It is very timely, and I cannot remember a time this was tackled in children’s literature. Given that we see this through the eyes of children, it serves as a handy opening for dialogue.