The Kenya Film Classification Board on Sunday December 13th 2020 presented a Ksh 1 Million cheque to Zamaradi Media for their ‘Dream Child’ film which emerged best in the ‘clean content’ category at the just concluded Kisima Film and Music awards.
Zamaradi Media’s Dream Child Film scooped the clean content award for its efforts to promote child friendly content and to encourage compliance with content regulations and procedures including adherence to film licensing and classification guidelines.
Dream Child was nominated in five categories including Best feature film, Best lead actor, Best supporting actor and Best supporting actress.
KFCB which was the title sponsor of the award through CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua congratulated winners and organizers for making a big comeback after a seven years hiatus.
The organizers of Kisima Awards 2020 caught the eye of KFCB after they embraced a pan African outlook adding film categories to their repertoire thus it was a no brainer when ‘clean’ content champions sponsored the rejuvenated Awards.
According to Dr Ezekiel Mutua, the partnership with KISIMA was and still remains a perfect nexus with their ‘Sinema mashinani’ initiative. The partnership was a great step towards in nurturing raw talent with emphasis on ‘clean’ content.
Kisima Awards nominees and even eventual winners are driven by the public. To both KFCB and Kisima organizers surprise, controversial Genge tone group Mbogi Genje were nominated and went ahead to win best group award beating Kenya’s favourite boy band Sautisol.
Congratulating the boy rap group, Dr Ezekiel Mutua, took to his social media platforms to exert his position on clean content.
“While I support the public’s right to choice and vote, KFCB’s clean content remains our main focus We are not at war with artistes or the youth our war is with dirty content,
Dr Mutua added that he has nothing personal against the new school rap group (Mbogi Genje) but is against people sanitizing vulgarity.
Earlier in the month, Dr Mutua had expressed disappointment that many people were not seeing the relationship between bad content and moral decay;
’We stand on the pedestal of promoting clean content, and we shall remain focused, morality cannot be traded as art, we have been consistent with our moral message for three years now and intend to recruit even more ambassadors next year “
The more we support clean content by rewarding creatives, especially at a time when COVID-19 has rendered most artistes jobless, the more they can tell clean African stories,’
KFCB was pleased with the Sh 1 million winners Zamaradi Media, whose film Dream Child triumphed.
Dr. Mutua promised to support Kisima and other creative platforms that will assist KFCB achieve an absolute zero tolerance to harmful content especially to children.
Starring Bryan Kabugi (who plays Kevin), Ebby Weyime, Eddy Kimani and Irene Ayimba and Ruth Apondi, Dream Child is the story about a teenage boy, Kevin who discovers a horrid and disconcerting secret. This new information puts his life on hold as he grapples to come to terms with it.
He begins to question everything he has learnt about himself and those around him. Kevin has a lot to lose on this journey to self-discovery including family and friends and a promising future because of his good grades at school.
Dream Child was directed by Victor Gatonye and produced by Zamaradi Productions, the company behind popular TV shows like Jela 5 Star, Borderline, Sunrise, Keru, Kwa JP, L Msingi, Bypass Resort, Fihi, Trade Centre and Nyumba 10.