ZimTales a hit with viewers

In recent weeks, some family men have not been sleeping at home, claiming they are in fuel queues.

Some, like a Paul Matavire rogue, are offering basic commodities in exchange for sex.

These and many other such things are happening all around, and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has been able to capture these through their ZimTales short film project.

The series, which is aired randomly on ZBC TV, dwells on the little big things we face every day using a talented rotating cast.

Last week, an episode titled “Scarf” was headlined by acting juggernaut Eddie Sandifolo and captured what happens in some homes when illicit affairs are uncovered.

Then there is also “The Tree” featuring the vivacious Sarah Takawira, which touches witchcraft and wealth.

Robson Mhandu, ZBC director of productions and television services, says of the series: “ZBC has two phases of film production coming from in-house and independent producers. As part of the law 40 percent of the content must come from independent producers.

“ZimTales is an in-house concept where executive producers come up with short film concepts that we approve as management. The programmes should address rather meet diverse national interest and satisfy various viewership.

“They deal in topical issues pertaining to politics, business, environment, sport, religion etcetera. Our focus outside the vibrant storyline is also to make sure the picture quality, sound and language are top notch.”

And viewers are loving each and every one of the episodes.

“The team behind the ZimTales drama at ZBC is doing a splendid job. You get to watch episodes that address real life crisis and in the process you get solutions,” said Mavis Madura from Mabvuku.

Tapiwa Marara of Budiriro weighed in: “In as much as people try to diss ZBC, the fact remains that it provides valuable information. I have been following ZimTales and those programmes are enlightening and help us get a clear view of life situations.”

Funding for the programmes comes from revenue collected in license fees and advertising, among other channels.

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