Zambian actress and film maker Nancy Handabile has been recognized among the top eight Multi Choice female film makers in Southern African Development Community (SADC) for her role in directing Tizibika, Master Cook and her impressive performance in Love Games.
She has been recognized alongside The Walking Dead and Black Panther Zimbabwean actress Dana Gurira, Bostwana film maker Tumi Sejoe and fellow Zambian film makers Jessie Chisi and Rungano Nyoni.
Talking about her recognition, Nancy says it feels unreal: “It is rather surreal and awe inspiring to be recognized. Sometimes you work so hard thinking that no one is noticing you so this really feels like the late nights and early mornings are paying off.”
Nancy’s recognition comes on the heels of her stellar performance in Love Games where she played the character Progress. This earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination in the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2014.
She also directed Tizibika, a mock reality show about two women trying to be famous using social media. Despite the number of Zambian women stepping behind the camera to direct and produce, Nancy says more can be done.
“There is some progress in that there are women directing but the numbers are not as great as they should be. We need more women Directors, Producers, Editors and Sound Engineers. That’s the real change that we need, seeing women in traditionally male fields excelling.”
Nancy hopes film making can get more support in Zambia.
“I hope that in future we see more financing opportunities for filmmakers in this country. This will help indie filmmakers advance. We also need training and scholarship opportunities for young people in country.”
Nancy co-directed and stars in Masauso, a TV show that is currently showing on Zambezi Magic.
By Hope Mkunte