We Are All Blue documentary film on tv this coming winter
A new documentary by award winning Broadway and Hollywood actor, Donald Molosi, dubbed We Are All Blue will premiere on Africa day, 25th May, on DStv’s Zambezi Magic channel.
Written and led by Molosi and produced by local production company, Torch Studios, the documentary was commissioned by M-Net and MultiChoice Africa in celebration of Botswana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. This will be the first time Zambezi Magic airs a locally produced documentary film since its first broadcast in 2015.
“As Africa continues to change rapidly, the entertainment industry is ever more relevant. We as MultiChoice Botswana are 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,” said General Manager Billy Sekgororoane on their involvement with the project.
Molosi released the documentary’s first trailer on Easter holidays as his way of “walking the talk” because in his continent-wide campaign called #UprightAfrican, he speaks about the need to record African history for posterity. “So, this project is an opportunity for me to roll up my sleeves and lead by example in doing exactly what I suggest that we should all do, which is to record and celebrate our African history,” he said.
He started shooting the documentary film in October 2016 and finished in February this year. He says he had to assemble a team that could deliver great work while still being hands on all aspects of the production from writing to execution to ensure that the quality is world class.
In the documentary, We Are All Blue (2017), modern Botswana is seen through the eyes of Molosi, a Botswana-born actor who embarks on a journey to discover more about himself, his people and Botswana, the country he calls home. He believes that in order to create your future, you need to understand your past and this is what he sets out to do.
“With this film, I aim to cinematically capture Botswana’s soul and spirit. The camera follows me to my home village of Mahalapye and my ancestral village of Serowe and along the way I encounter elders who impart to me wisdom like former President Sir Ketumile Masire whom I am honored to feature and personally thank in this film,” Molosi said.
Moreover, in the documentary Molosi explores some fundamental life questions about identity and belonging, about being a Motswana and about the contradictions inherent in the country he loves. Towards the end of the ﬁlm Molosi reﬂects on how far Botswana has come in the 50 years of independence but also on how far it still has to go and what needs to be done to regain and maintain Botswana’s reputation as Africa’s success story.