Multichoice Botswana launched the first ever documentary about Botswana on Zambezi Magic on Thursday. ‘We are blue’ documentary was done by Donald Molosi and produced by Touch Studios through a young Motswana named Otsetswe. For the producer it was his first time doing a project of that magnitude. Multichoice’s Thembile Ndzinge expressed her excitement about this project which is their first project as Multichoice about Botswana. She said the management of Dstv decided to come up with something that can celebrate Botswana and as such Donald Molosi was the best person to do a great job on that. Ndzinge said the reason why they decided to come up with that was because of the discussions that took place at last year’s Africa Day where they engaged media people and creatives about what is lacking in Dstv and what they can do better. “We wanted to contribute to the arts and the society we live in and as such we looked for a documentary that highlights the history of Botswana,” she said. She encouraged Batswana to make sure that they tell stories that are authentic and not copy things from outside. The documentary sees Molosi exploring the city of Gaborone where he is now based; his home village Mahalapye, Serowe and also covers some of the notable Batswana on issues of gender, the economy and their experiences about this land they call home. Some of the people featured are the 2nd President Sir Ketumile Masire who always has a lot to say having been very close to the 1st President Seretse Khama.
He covers some of the most interesting aspects of Botswana like Basarwa, the love story of Ruth and Seretse, how the Zebra became the national animal and Matsieng’s footprint. He provides a narration of events and uses his path as a performer. Many people who watched the documentary congratulated Molosi for the great work and for doing a great representation of Botswana. After watching the film Molosi said he felt very emotional to see the story playing, especially having to watch it with people. He said the project is so dear to him and wishes many Batswana stories can be told through the eyes of others other than the love story of Ruth and Khama. “This is not the popular story and it is not an easy story to swallow but I am glad Multichoice took a chance,” he said. Molosi said it is time all those great stories about Botswana are told, including the ones of the four young people who died on the spot when they were coming to Gaborone to help in the building of the university since they were volunteers at the Lady Ruth Charity in Serowe. He said he hopes his work inspires more to explore this untold history of Botswana. Multichoice Botswana Marketing Manager Basadi Masimolole said they will see how the film goes and eventually it will be shared with many other channels on the Dstv.