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Silent Monologue

Director: C. Shemu Joyah
From: Malawi
Year: 2008- Minutes:102mins
Language : English
Genre: Drama



A housemaid, who is sexually abused by her boss and made pregnant, is forced to give up her son in order to go on with her education.

Six years later she comes back to claim her son. From Malawi comes this moving story about sexual abuse, women rights and the legal justice system in Malawi.

This film tackles universal themes in an African setting giving an understanding of some of the modernization and democratization processes in Africa.

Flora Suya stars as the lead character, Sungisa Malango, a maid turned lawyer who fights for custody of her child.

Malawian filmmaker C. Shemu Joyah's debut feature, Seasons of a Life, screened at several international film festivals including the Zanzibar International Film Festival where it won the Chairman's Award and Verona Jury Award, among others. Official selection African Diaspora International Film Festival 2010.

"This is not exactly a film I would have sought out but since it was made in Malawi by a Malawian director, I decided to watch it and am damned glad I did. This is a film that will tell you far more about the ascending middle class in Africa than any Thomas Friedman column plus it is a well-written and well-acted old fashioned tale of the sort that might have starred Bette Davis. Strongly recommended." - Film critic Louis Proyect


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