The Covid-19 lockdown and the massive increase of domestic violence cases in the city has inspired Bulawayo creatives to do a short film titled Behind Closed Doors.
The screen play, written by John Mabuyane portrays the plight of women and disabled children who face different kinds of abuse including women and child abuse and domestic violence.
It features local talent Percy Soko who boasts of Best National Arts Merit Award and Roil Bulawayo Arts Award winner, Novuyiso Mabi, Nompumelelo Mpofu and Tsepang Ncube.
George Moyo, who co-directed the short film with South Africa-based Selina Emanuel, said the film was an unpredictable piece.
“Behind Closed Doors is a film that leaves the society in a state of self-introspection, it addresses domestic violence, poverty and child abuse.
“It follows a story of a woman who finds herself stuck in an abusive marriage with her daughter who is living with disability. They endure the abuse as they cry in silence in fear of being chased back to the streets by the financial muscle and abusive husband,” said Moyo.
The film is meant to educate the audience about the effects and dangers of domestic violence and preaches to the community to live in peace and harmony during the trying times of the lockdown.
“It feels right to bring it to the masses after cases of domestic violence and child abuse have risen at a rocketing rate during this lockdown.
Therefore, this film will act as an educational tool on the dangers of violence,” said Moyo.