The Road to Sunrise (Malawi: 2018)


Shemu Joyah

Cast list

Hope Chisanu...Mr. Muridzi  

Tapiwa Gwaza... Nanawake

Bright Kabota...Lamba

Madock Masina...Shoti

Tambudzo Mpinganjira...Zondwa

Bennie Msuku...Prosecutor


Written by: Shemu Joyah

Produced by: Shemu Joyah

Cinematography by: William Collinson


Two female sex workers (Nanawake and Lamba), who have been consistently exploited and used by men within a systematic patriarchal society find faith in each other as they work together to find redemption and happiness.


Antoinette Isama, These 9 African Directors Have Submitted Their Films Into the Foreign Language Oscar Race, okayafrica. (online article)

Ayami Mkwanda, Road to Sunrise movie to screen in the USA, The Nation. (online article).

Nancy Chavi, Joyah takes a new ‘Road to sunrise,’ Premieres new film, Nuasa Times. (online film review).

Academic Articles: 

Factors affecting the growth of the Malawian film industry by Magalasi, Mufunanji. Journal of Development and Communication Studies, Vol. 4, No. 18 (2015).

Poets, culture and orature: A reappraisal of the Malawi political public sphere by John Lwanda. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1 (2008), pp. 71-101

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