By Michael OBIAZI

282 FILMS - as PROD

Social issues - Development 2019

When Rose, a young Malawian, is about to be forced into marriage at age 16, she must find a way to create her own destiny in order to fulfill her childhood dream and becoming one of the most influential African activists in history.

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Drama
    • Countries
    • MALAWI
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michael OBIAZI
    • Writer(s)
    • Michael OBIAZI, Rose SAKALA
    • Synopsis
    • Growing up as a child in a small town of Malawi called Karonga, Rose (25) wanted to be a writer and a voice for the people, but instead her childhood was characterized by the fear of the unknown and trying to fit into a world and a destiny designed by her Father.

      Rose’s Father wasn’t supportive of his daughter becoming a writer. In fact, he felt that being too educated as a woman would scare away men and no one in the village would want to marry her. As a result, he made her enroll in a one year course on agriculture, so she could finish her education early and get married at 15. A few months later, her father got a new job in another city of Malawi and told his family not to follow him because he wanted to start a new life with a new wife.

      After her Father left them, Rose and her mother became even closer and shared a very unique bond that would end up making her into the strong woman she has become. But, this share of happiness didn’t last long, as she soon lost her mother to cancer and Aids.

      Having no one to look after her, she moved in with her uncle who already had 23 of his teenage nephews and nieces living with him. She then faced with another challenge: to get married at 16, as child marriage is still a norm in Malawi and many other African countries.

      Taking her destiny into her own hands, she made the decision to run away, escaping a forced marriage, but now forced to live on the streets and work menial jobs like helping people carry their grocery bags at the market and selling sachets of water in the street to survive.