Meet Muchengeti Madhovi, Director of Black Lives Matter Inspired Short Film “You Love My Culture,
Filmed amidst the Black Lives Matter protests in London, You Love My Culture So Love My Life is an 8:46 short film directed by Muchengeti Madhovi which explores the current energy and urgency around the Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Muchengeti Madhovi, British Zimbabwean, freelance TV Producer/Director and an aspiring filmmaker.
What inspired you to do what you do?
I felt as Black people, we needed a voice. Our experience in the world is unique, and as pictures say a thousand words moving image was/is the best vehicle for that.
What was the biggest challenge when creating this film?
The internal conflict of putting my life at risk and going to tell a story in the middle of a pandemic was the biggest challenge. Realising that the film was not about me is how I overcame that.
What does the BLM Movement mean to you?
BLM Movement is an opportunity for the world to acknowledge Black suffering. It’s presented in different ways all around the world. Coming under one banner as Black people, we can bring inequality issues to the light wherever we are in the world.
What are some of the highlights/successes you’ve had most recently?
I am extremely proud of making this film. ‘You Love My Culture So Love My Life’ is self-titled by an inspirational young man in the film called Daniel Oderinde (@wisdomandknowledge). It was important for everyone working on this film to be passionate about the Movement and believe in it. I was also fortunate enough to have one of my favourite editors work on it, Max Moore (@maxjomoore). He’s a man I work with on a daily basis at Vuyz (@thevuyz), a brand new entertainment platform for young people, and this is definitely one of my most recent highlights.
What’s next for you on your journey?
I wish we could be as definitive as defining our paths as clearly as the next move. My aspirations would be to continue doing work that has a positive effect on our culture, whether that’s through entertainment programming, documentary, or film.
What would be your advice to other young filmmakers?
Don’t procrastinate on a story that you feel deep inside of you needs to be told.
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