Doing his bit to encourage people to stay home during the COVID-19 lockdown, playwright and award-winning actor Donald Molosi’s latest film, “2064,” is available for free online. Molosi shared a link to the movie, which was released in 2019, on his Facebook artist page for his followers to enjoy in their homes. The film has been hailed as Botswana’s first queer love story since the historic decriminalisation of same-sex marriages by the Botswana High Court in June 2019.
“Now that I cannot show my fans the film at cinemas during the lockdown, I have to find other ways,” he said in an interview with Time Out. “The best thing is to allow my fans to watch from their homes where they are safe.”
After completing a successful European tour and amassing many award nominations throughout 2019, including the Grand Prix in Sweden, “2064” premiered on African soil for the first time in March 2020. The film, in which Molosi plays the leading role opposite South Africa’s Thabo Rametsi, also opened at the Rapid Lion Film Festival in Johannesburg in March 2020. “The film has already been bringing revenue for a year and-a-half,” Molosi noted. “I feel good about making it free for Batswana. It will be online for three months to give Batswana time to see it.”
In “2064” Molosi is one half of a queer Botswana couple living in the Okavango. The film is the first high-profile queer film from Botswana since the historic decriminalisation of same-sex marriages in June 2019.
“This is a film that asks us to harmonise the relationship between human beings and wild animals,” he explained. “It is set in the future and I think audiences all over the world love it because it is a fresh perspective on the interconnectedness of all sentient beings.”
Over the past months, Molosi’s film premiered on the red carpet in Hong Kong, Sweden, Scotland and several other countries after screening in Cannes, France.