On May 25, which marks the commemoration of Africa Day, locally produced Botswana documentary film, We Are All Blue, will premier on DStv’s Zambezi Magic.
Having embarked on the project since 2016, writer and award winning Broadway actor Donald Molosi says the documentary is an extension of the widely received book of the same title which was published in 2016.
Produced by local production company, Torch Studio with the assistance of Hambrook Studios, the project was commissioned by M-Net and MultiChoice Africa in celebration of Botswana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.
MultiChoice Botswana General Manager Billy Sekgororoane highlighted the need for relevant content from Botswana. “As Africa continues to change rapidly, the entertainment industry is ever more relevant. MultiChoice Botswana is firmly rooted in the country in which we operate, and we are passionate about developing the local arts industry. We wanted to use our influence and resources to play a positive role in shining a light on not only Botswana but on the rest of the continent as well through involving ourselves in this project.”
In the documentary Molosi embarks on a journey to discover more about himself, his people, and Botswana. Towards the end of the ´¼ülm, Molosi re´¼éects on how far Botswana has come in the 50 years since independence, as well as how far it still has to go.
“With this film, I wanted to cinematically capture Botswana’s soul and spirit,” says Molosi.
“The camera follows me to my home village of Mahalapye and my ancestral village of Serowe, and along the way I encounter elders, such as former president Sir Ketumile Masire, who impart wisdom. I personally thank him, and others, in this film,” he added.
“We Are All Blue is an artful compression of Botswana history. Almost everything you need to know about that country is in it. How Donald Molosi manages to compress these things marvels me. We Are All Blue is a collection of two plays: Blue, Black and White and Motswana: Africa, Dream Again.
“The first play is based on Botswana formative realities. It is also about the love story of Sir Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams Khama, the founding president and first lady of the country. This is a very troubled love story as it is triumphant. Lady Ruth is white and Sir Seretse is black,” states a review of his book by Joseph Omatayo.