Selmor Mtukudzi speaks on
erotic scenes in the film
Escape

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Selmor Mtukudzi, who featured in the film
Escape that is set to premiere during the
ongoing Zimbabwe International Film Festival
(ZIFF), says her husband Tendai Manatsa was
initially uncomfortable with a kissing scene on
the movie.
One of the controversial scenes in “Escape”
featuring Selmour Mtukudzi
The 90-minute film was co-directed by British
academic and filmmaker Agnieszka Piotrowska
and Zimbabwean Joe Njagu.
It also features Munya Chidzonga, Jose
Marques, Harare International Festival of Arts
general manager Maria Wilson, Nothando
Nobengula and Eddie Sandifolo.
The daughter of music legend Oliver Mtukudzi
told the Daily News she only took up the role
after some lengthy negotiations with Manatsa,
who is also a musician.
“I obviously had to get permission from him. He
finally agreed to us doing it,” said Selmor.
Piotrowska, who was with Selmor during the
interview, weighed in on the matter.
“This is a great story; we had to negotiate for
a long time. And he (Manatsa) read the whole
script and we waited for him. He was like I like
the script but can’t you do it without the
kissing scene?”
Despite his initial misgivings, Manatsa finally
gave Selmor the permission to feature on the
highly-anticipated movie which will premiere at
Ster Kinekor Borrowdale tonight.
However, her husband and fellow musician
Manatsa had to be thoroughly persuaded in order
for her to play the role.
Selmor plays the role of a strong African girl
called Anna.
“I could relate quite a bit to Anna; she is a
modern African girl. Being an African girl myself
and appreciating the modern world, it wasn’t
too much of a stretch for me to get into
character,” she said.
The Nguva Yangu singer explained how she was
able to go through the erotic scenes in the
movie.
“As for the erotic scenes, you just switch your
mind. I told myself that this is no longer Selmor,
it’s Anna and she has to do this,” said Selmor.
Though Selmor conceded that Escape was her
biggest role to date, she was quick to point out
that she is not a greenhorn in the world of
acting.
“I did a movie called I am the Future which was
directed by Godwin Mawuru as well as numerous
dramas that came out on ZBC. I have always
been an actress,” she said.
She added that she found her role on Escape
very exciting.
“Working with different directors was
interesting in that they would agree on certain
things and disagree as well. You would find that
Joe would want certain things, while Agneiska
wanted different things. But at the end of the
day, they would agree . . . I enjoyed myself
during the production,” said Selmor.
Piotrowska hailed her collaboration with Njagu
on Escape.
“Collaborations are important in every sphere of
life. The idea of opening your mind and
interacting with different cultures can present
interesting pieces of work. It’s important to
open minds rather than say I don’t know these
people so I will ignore them,” she said.
The British filmmaker commended local artistes
for the effort they put in their work.
“The artistes are so much talented but they need
to work on organisation skills. As an educator,
we spend a lot of time teaching people how to
organise things . . . but the talent is there to
be honest,” said Piotrowska, adding that Escape
exposed her to a new filmmaking experience.
“I have worked with National Geographic before,
doing documentaries. I have worked all over
Africa but I was working for an American
organisation, but now I am working with African
filmmakers.
“Escape has commercial value but for me it was
about different cultures merging. The main
character is of mixed race, whose mother on her
death bed revealed that the father is
Zimbabwean.
“The heart of it is what happens when you are
mixed like this and you have to find stuff about
your identity,” she said.