An ongoing long-term investment by MultiChoice in developing talent for the content, production and entertainment industry is having an impact across Africa and helping to grow vibrant new economic hubs on the continent. This investment, the Multichoice Talent Factory (MTF), is a shared-value initiative that provides a platform for the TV and film industries to develop talent and build partnerships.
Earlier this year, Africa’s premium streaming platform, Showmax, commissioned some Ghanaian alumni of the MTF initiative to produce a feature length film titled “Tejiri”. This came because of a successful pitch which these alumni had completed to the Showmax team. Shot here in Ghana by award-winning directors Deladem Duvi and Joshua Tsootsoo, this duo assembled a team comprising other MTF Alumni amongst others to accomplish this project “Tejiri”.
“Tejiri” is a compelling film that delves into the intricacies of power, corruption, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Set against the backdrop of an average African society, the story revolves around Tejiri, a young man whose life takes an unexpected turn when he is randomly thrown into prison for a crime, he knows nothing about.
As he struggles to comprehend the injustice he has been subjected to, the outside world begins to unravel the mystery of his disappearance. He must define his place in this vicious new world if he is to survive or be found, as lead Detective Prempeh and his partner Baako race against time to uncover the mystery behind his disappearance.
At its core, the film aims to explore the duality of society both as a collective organism driven by political interests, and as an entity that can profoundly impact individual lives. It takes the audience on a rollercoaster journey, witnessing the contrasting perspectives of an average African society grappling with greed and the constant manipulation of its politicians, while simultaneously examining the profound, life-altering effects such machinations can have on one person.
“It came as no surprise to us when the organisers of the International Festival of Author Film of Rabat selected our film Tejiri for screening at the 28th edition of the International Festival of Author Film in the Africa Cinema Section scheduled for Rabat Morocco in December 2023,” said Deladem Duvi. “My team and I are excited about this rare opportunity to share our film with the world at this festival. Similarly, we encourage African movie lovers to make a date for the premiere of ‘Tejiri’ on DStv and GOtv on the 19th of November 2023.”
“Our vision was to celebrate of the unyielding human spirit in finding the light through our film and would like to extend our appreciation to Showmax, cast, crew, the MTF and all other supporters who in diverse ways supported us.”
The Africa wide premiere of the Showmax original “Tejiri” on Akwaaba Magic is scheduled for the 19th of November 2023 at 7pm on DStv (Ch150) and GOtv (Ch102).